The National Police Agency announced last week that there has been a disturbing increase in crimes caused by foreigners over the past few years in Korea, as the expat population begins to swell to an all-time high.
Officials indicate that there were 1,048,825 criminal cases involving foreigners in 2007, an increase of 8.92% over 2006. They also add that there have been 661,128 cases so far, this year, which leads one to assume that there will also be a new record set.
Specifically in Daegu and Gyeongbuk Province, statistics reveal that the largest increase in crime has related to prostitution (1437 cases, an increase of 92%) and theft (12,796 cases, an increase of 44%).
Source: Daegu Shinmun