Campaign against scooter thieves in Amsterdam
As number of thefts doubled to 50 in a month, police are launching a campaign to warn the public of “Italian-style” robberies.22 October 2008
AMSTERDAM - Police in Amsterdam have launched a campaign against "Italian-style" robberies.
Thieves on scooters pull up beside a car stopped before a traffic light. They open the car door or smash a window to grab valuables lying on a seat.
Police have increased patrols of the most common areas in the last few weeks but so far their activities have failed to reduce the thefts.
In one month, the number of thefts doubled to 50.
The campaign is designed to warn drivers of the dangers posed by such thieves and to encourage them to place valuables under the seats or in the boot while travelling.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]