Fewest crimes in 30 years seen in ’11

Kyodo

The number of crimes handled by police in 2011 declined 6.6 percent from the previous year to about 1.48 million, falling below 1.5 million cases for the first time in 30 years, preliminary data by the National Police Agency showed Thursday.

The number of crimes is almost half the record-high 2.85 million Penal Code violations of 2002, and marks the ninth straight yearly fall. An agency official laid the drop to “effective countermeasures against street crimes,” including muggings and purse-snatchings.