Stars and Stripes – US Military-related crime reports “relatively low” on Okinawa
Stars and Stripes reports that statistics on crime by US military personnel and dependents reveals a “mixed bag” for the first half of 2008, but there is still a “relatively low” number of crime reports:
While the number of felony and major misdemeanor crime allegations decreased, the number of SOFA personnel arrested dramatically increased. According to Okinawa Prefectural Police statistics, 36 SOFA personnel were arrested during the first six months of this year.
That’s 11 more than the same period last year, an increase of 44 percent.
However, the number of crimes attributed to Americans connected with the military dropped by two, from 46 charges in the first half of 2007 to 44 so far this year, a decrease of 4.5 percent.
“That’s because more individuals have been involved in single cases,” an Okinawa police spokesman said. For example, four teenagers and a 21-year-old Air Force military policeman were charged with robbing two cab drivers in March.
The number of Americans arrested reverses the downward trend that began in 2003. However, Okinawa police are hesitant to make too much of the numbers, pointing out that the numbers are too small and appear to be more significant than they actually are.
The article also contains some past statistics on military and DOD civilian crime:
- 36 people arrested on 44 charges.
- 20 active duty, including three minors (younger than 20).
- 13 dependents, all minors.
- Three civilians.
- 25 individuals arrested on 46 charges.
- 19 active duty, including five minors.
- Six dependents, including four minors.
- 30 individuals on 28 charges.
- 20 active duty, including five minors.
- 10 dependents, all minors.
Stars and Stripes emphasizes that these numbers may appear high, but they actually reflect a low crime rate. The per-capita crime arrest rate for US military personnel was half the rate of Okinawa prefecture’s general population.