Police across Japan arrested a total of 590,000 individuals for murder, theft, and other various crimes in the six months from January to June this year, according to a report from the National Police Agency.
This marks the 12th consecutive year in which the overall crime rate in Japan has continued to drop.
The NPA compared the first six months of 2014 and that of 2013, and found that the total number of crimes across Japan fell by nearly 30,000, TBS reported. Within the total number of reported crimes, however, the number of monetary fraud cases rose to a total of 1,969. The NPA noted that bank fraud and other types of monetary fraud rise in direct relation to the increasing popularity of online shopping, and other means of digital spending.
The NPA found that in particular, cases in which customers shopping on online auction sites would send their money for the item they bought, but never receive it, were the most common type of monetary fraud. When compared to previous years, the total amount of financial damages sustained from monetary scandals is at an all time high this year, the NPA said.© Japan Today