Crime levels down in 2005

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23 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — Crime in the Netherlands fell for the first time for years, the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) has said in its report on 2005.

23 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — Crime in the Netherlands fell for the first time for years, the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) has said in its report on 2005.

The number of cases compared with 2004 fell by 3 percent to 264,200. Aside from the drop in the number of investigations, the number of reports of crime and surveys confirm crime is down.

But the OM said there are two notifiable expectations to the trend: violent crime and youth criminality continued to rise last year.

The report "cautiously" concludes that investment in crime reduction methods in recent years are beginning to work. In particular the tough approach to recidivist criminals has contributed to safety in the community, the OM said.

The focus by society on violence may continue to the common belief in the increasing prevalence of the phenomena. "From victim surveys in any case, it appears that society is not demonstrably more violent across the board."

Youth crime is another priority for the prosecution service. The number of reported crimes involving young people rose by 6 percent last year to 35,000. In the last five years this category of crime has risen by no less than 30 percent.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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