Amsterdam centre now a safer place
The number of repeat offenders causing trouble in the Dutch capital has dropped sharply from 190 to 135.8 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The number of repeat offenders who make the centre of Amsterdam unsafe has dropped sharply in the last 18 months.
At the beginning of 2007, there were 190 repeat offenders, most of them drug addicts who committed assaults. That number has now fallen to 135.
The number of reported incidents of aggravation caused by addicts has also declined as police and justice officials in Amsterdam now keep such people under much closer supervision, and work more closely with aid agencies.
Many troublemakers are being given regular care and that is a sound basis for them to build a new life.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]