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Crimes committed by repeat offenders accounted for 41.5 percent of offenses last year, a record high, the Justice Ministry said in a white paper on crime released Friday.

Meanwhile, the number of overall Penal Code offenses, excluding automobile-related crimes, remains on a downtrend, falling for the sixth consecutive year last year to 1.82 million cases, down 4.8 percent.

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