Crime falls, except violent acts
18 July 2005, RIJSWIJK – The police registered 4 percent fewer crimes in 2004 than in the previous year.
18 July 2005
RIJSWIJK – The police registered 4 percent fewer crimes in 2004 than in the previous year.
There were 1.32 million offences last year. Of those, 9 percent were violent crimes, an increase from 2003’s figure of 6 percent, according to figures released on Monday by the Central Bureau for Statistics.
Police solved 279,000 crimes in 2004, 3,000 more than in the year before. The new number signified 21.1 percent of all offences, up from 20 the previous year.
This is the second year running that crime figures have dropped. The number is now close to that of 2000.
The year with the most registered crimes – more than 1.4 million – was 2002.
Property crimes (theft and burglary), traditionally the majority of crimes, now make up a smaller percentage of the total than they used to: they accounted for 63 percent of offences in 2004, down from 69 percent in 1998.
Of all crimes last year, 16 percent were offences against public order and acts of vandalism. Ten percent were traffic violations.
The increase in solved crimes is mainly a function of the number of violent offences, which are always the most frequently solved.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
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