5m victims as crime rate rises

6th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

5 September 2003 , AMSTERDAM — Five million people in the Netherlands were the victim of crime in 2002, an increase of 11 percent compared with the year before, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has said.

5 September 2003

AMSTERDAM — Five million people in the Netherlands were the victim of crime in 2002, an increase of 11 percent compared with the year before, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has said.

It was the first rise since 1999 and the CBS research, published on Friday, contradicted claims from the Justice and Interior ministries that crime has declined in recent years, an NOS news report said.

The CBS, which surveyed 10,000 people in its research, said Dutch citizens were primarily the victim of vandalism and theft, with both types of crime affecting an estimated 1,9 million people each, a rise of 16 and 12 percent respectively.

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