The Empirical Research on Crime Control Policy: Taiwan Experience

Wei-Teh Mon, National Central Police University

Good social order is an imporrtant condition for human living. People are happy to live in the circumstances of no (or less) fear of victimization. This research, sponsored by Taipei County Government, is conducted to establish an appropriate crime control policy for local government and citizens. Located in northern Taiwan, Taipei County is the largest county both in terms of overall population and population density (population: 3.5 million, population density: 1,666 per Sq. Km) in the country. The purpose of this research is to explore an evidence-oriented and feasible crime control policy. Data, including qualitative and quantitative data, are collected from following approaches: official crime statistics, focus group interviews, analysis of 109,351 calls from year 1999 to 2000 to the Taipei County Police Department, and questionnaire survey. According to the empirical data collected in this research, the crime control policy includes the following terms. 1) Short-term policy: Increasing police patrol density; Imposing stronger control on hot spots of crime; More law enforcement for traffic order; Promoting police service quality. 2) Mid-term policy: Implementing community policing; Enhancing the management function of community and apartment; Increasing the numbers of police, updating police equipment and facilities; Promoting police training and education quality; 3) Long-term policy: Advocating legal and moral education; Promoting media's social accountability; Persisting in fair and rigid law enforcement.

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Updated 05/20/2006