The East Asian crime drop?

Aiden Sidebottom, Tienli Kuo, Takemi Mori, Jessica Li, Graham Farrell

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The ‘crime drop’ refers to the substantial reductions in crime reported in many industrialised countries over at least the past quarter century. Asian countries are underrepresented in the crime drop literature. Little is therefore known about whether the same type and levels of crime reductions have been observed, and if prevailing explanations hold. In this study, we examine trends in burglary and car crime using police recorded crime data from Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. We show that Japan and Taiwan experienced crime drops similar to that reported elsewhere but occurring more recently in the early 2000s. Hong Kong appears anomalous, with a major crime decline emerging from the early 1980s. The study concludes that there is sufficient evidence to justify further research and sets out suggestions to that end.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCrime Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • Burglary
  • Car crime
  • Crime drop
  • East Asia
  • Opportunity
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Safety Research
  • Law


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