The number of crimes blamed on foreigners almost doubled in the first half of this year, but 10 percent fewer foreigners were investigated for crimes than in the same period last year, the National Police Agency announced Aug. 21.

Police reported that 2,772 foreigners were investigated in 12,309 cases in the first half of the year, adding that they believe criminal organizations headquartered in Hong Kong, Russia and other countries are responsible for a series of crimes.

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