Osaka tops nationwide bag-snatching stats again
Crime statistics announced by the National Police Agency this week reveal that Osaka has topped the nation in bag-snatching incidents for the second year running.
Statistics collected from each of Japan’s prefectural divisions between January and November revealed that with 1,599 reported cases, Osaka remains the prefecture where people are most likely to have their bags stolen by a passing thief, TBS reported. In second place was Saitama Prefecture with 1,222 reported incidents, while Chiba Prefecture, with 1,060 confirmed cases, was third.
Police say Osaka’s current figure is down 2.6% on the same period from the previous year, although the figure is expected to rise before the end of the December.
However, police say the number of reported incidents in Tokyo, which had the nation’s second-highest number of cases last year, has halved to just 830 reported cases so far this year. The nationwide figure between January and November also decreased by 6.6% on last year. Police predict an overall reduction in bag-snatching incidents for the 10th straight year.