Delinquents just love to dial: NPA

Delinquent students use their mobile phones far more often than their nondelinquent peers, according to a National Police Agency survey released Thursday.

The survey showed that students who have been either arrested or taken into custody for misbehavior or alleged crimes make an average 7.7 phone calls and send an average 42.6 e-mail messages a day from their cell phones.

Their nondelinquent counterparts make an average of 2.7 phone calls and send out 30.5 e-mail messages on average a day.

The survey, conducted for three months from September 2002, studied 3,389 nondelinquent junior high and high school students in Miyagi, Chiba, Ishikawa, Osaka, Okayama and Oita prefectures.