Japanese police say burglars are targeting vacant homes inside the no-go zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
A special force has now been set up to patrol the abandoned areas.
Japan's Yomiuri newspaper is reporting that since the beginning of last month there have been 42 burglaries inside the 20-kilometre evacuation zone.
It says thieves usually smashed through glass doors and took cash, jewellery and Buddha statues.
Authorities have now set up a special force of 300 police to patrol the abandoned areas.
Overall, serious and violent crime has decreased in Fukushima since the nuclear crisis.
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