Crime rates in South Korea

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) disseminates data on crime at the international level. The data are collected through an annual United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems. In order to conduct cross-country comparisons we look at the crime rates per 100,000 people as opposed to the absolute number of crimes which is largely dependent on the population size of the country.

According to the UNOCD data for 2012, the number of thefts per 100,000 people in South Korea was 585 which places South Korea at rank 46 globally. The data on theft exclude bulglary, housebreaking, theft of a motor vehicle, and robbery. Globally, over 15 million thefts are recorded annually. Looking at the robbery rate, South Korea is at place 86 in the world with 5 police-recorded offences per 100,000 people.

In terms of the homicide rate, 0.8 homicides per 100,000 people were reported in South Korea in 2012, rank 139 globally. The intentional homicide data also include deaths from terrorist attacks. You can click on the link in the table to find out whether the homicides rate in South Korea increased or decreased over the years. As of 2012, the kidnapping rate in South Korea was 0.4 kidnappings per 100,000 people.

One of the UNOCD data sets is on the imprisonment rate, which measures the number of persons held in prisons, penal institutions or correctional institutions per 100,000 people. According to this indicator, South Korea ranks at place 109 globally in 2010 with 93 prisoners held per 100,000 people.
Indicator
Value
Global rank
Year
Thefts per 100,000 people 585 46 2012
Robberies per 100,000 people 5 86 2012
Homicides per 100,000 people 0.8 139 2012
Kidnappings per 100,000 people 0.4 46 2012
Prisoners per 100,000 people 93 109 2010