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Crimes by and against the elderly are growing nationwide at a time when the crime rate overall is dropping, the National Police Agency said in its annual white paper released Friday.

In its 2013 report, the NPA said the number of criminal cases in which people 65 or older were targeted had more than doubled over the past 20 years or so to about 131,000 last year, accounting for 9.5 percent of all crime.

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