October 28, 2015 08:30
A substantial proportion of murders, robberies, rapes and abductions take place not under cover of night but in orderly office hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Statistics Korea data show.
Some 23.5 percent of rapes occurred in the morning and afternoon, when people usually feel safer, and 10.2 percent between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is also less associated with crime than the dead of night.
The proportion that take place between midnight and 6 a.m. is still a high 37.5 percent but smaller than instinct would suggest.
Among robberies, about a quarter or 24.9 percent also take place in the morning or daytime, slightly more than the 24.7 percent between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Oh Yoon-sung at Soonchunhyang University said, "As criminals grow increasingly bold, daytime is no longer an obstacle to violent crime. Women-only parking lots and other locations where they're supposed to feel secure can end up prime locations for a crime because they're quiet and empty."
Murders occur even more frequently in the daytime with 38.3 percent. Experts say this may be because murder is more often committed in the heat of the moment than carefully plotted.
Lee Woong-hyuk at Konkuk University said, "More than 70 percent of murders occur after people get into arguments."
The biggest proportion of abductions or 15.9 percent take place from 9 a.m. to noon and the frequency drops considerably after 9 p.m. The main reason seems to be that most victims are children.
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