Government census data released in 2020 showed that single households account for about 30.4 percent of total households in South Korea with a population of some 51.7 million. The portion of single households was 15.8 percent in 2010.
Seoul said in a statement on August 13 that the city government partnered with ADT Caps to offer home security services for 3,000 single households. The security company would provide a home closed-circuit television (CCCTV) system and a 24-hour emergency agent dispatching service for a discounted price of 9,900 won per month. Seoul pledged subsidies of 8,900 won per month for the first year of subscription.
"We aim to ease single households' anxiety and fear of housebreaking crimes and create safe residential environments," an unnamed Seoul official was quoted as saying. Because single households are more isolated, cut off from society, they are prone to crimes. Police data showed that female single households were more vulnerable to housebreaking crimes.
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