Ever-increasing native speaking teacher crimes ... [better] verification urgentOddly enough, NoCut News was the only news outlet to report on this, but then failed to use these statistics in the piece I posted yesterday, using Lee Gun-hyeon's instead.
It has been revealed that the number of crimes by native speaking English teachers living in Korea have increased every year, an urgent situation [that calls for] the formulation of verification procedures.
National Assembly Budget and Accounts Committee and GNP member Lee Jeong-Hyeon revealed that, according to a submission by the National Police Agency, 600 native speaking English teachers had been charged for various crimes since 2007.
By year, the number charged increased from 139 in 2007 to 163 in 2008, 188 in 2009, and 110 up to the end of August this year.
By crime, 224 were charged with assault, 159 with immigration violations, and 91 with drug crimes.
"To increase confidence in the hiring of foreign English teachers, urgent preparation of verification procedures to block crimes in advance should be a priority," Lee said.
So, as the article above mentions, the number of teachers committing crimes was 139 in 2007, 163 in 2008, and 188 in 2009. Compare that to Lee Gun-hyeon's figures (which I broke down here) of 114 in 2007, 99 in 2008, and 61 up to August 2009.
Now, it's hard to know what 'English teacher' actually means, but if it does include F-2 or F-4 visa holders, then it's impossible to know what the total number of teachers would be when determining a crime rate. So, like last year, I'll compare the number of crimes with the number of E-2 visa holders. These new statistics then give us the following annual crime rates:
2007 - 139 arrested out of 17,721 E-2 visas = 0.784%
2008 - 169 arrested out of 19,771 E-2 visas = 0.824%
2009 - 188 arrested out of 22,642 E-2 visas = 0.830%
According to these statistics, there has been 5.9% increase in crime by foreign teachers over the last three years. Will this "growing social problem" never end?
At any rate, using these statistics, if we compare the foreign teacher crime rate of 2007 (0.784%) to the Korean crime rate for 2007 (3.5%, according to this), the NET crime rate was 22.4% of the Korean crime rate, or 4.5 times less. I haven't found statistics for 2008, but according to this Korea Times article, a National Police Agency white paper stated that "police apprehended 2.33 million criminals across the nation in 2009." Yonhap puts the exact number at 2,333,715. That may include foreign criminals as well, but I don't think 40-odd thousand is going to make a huge difference. If we take that figure as a percentage of the total population (let's make it 50 million), we end up with a Korean crime rate of 4.66% for 2009. With a crime rate of 0.83%, the 2009 crime rate of foreign English teachers was then 17.8% of the Korean crime rate, or 5.6 times less.
So, again, based on the available statistics and on the reasoning above, the crime rate of foreign English teachers was 4.5 times less in 2007 and 5.6 times less in 2009.
For more along these lines, ROK Drop has an excellent breakdown of crimes by US soldiers in 2009 here.
Anti English Spectrum was, of course, all too willing to take credit for these statistics.
"From 2005 to 2010, 122 teachers (legal and illegal) have been caught by related institutions due to our group. This includes gyopos. The chart above includes those we caught. It is evidence of what a contribution our group has made."
Just for fun, it might be worth pointing out that during the two week period between September 29 and October 11, 36 negative articles about foreign teachers were published in the Korean-language media.