Crime rate down, more arrests

20th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2007, DE BILT – The crime rate fell once again last year, though the number of arrests of suspects increased. This emerged on Tuesday from the National Crime Report 2006, put together by the National Investigation Information Service (DNRI).

20 November 2007

DE BILT – The crime rate fell once again last year, though the number of arrests of suspects increased. This emerged on Tuesday from the National Crime Report 2006, put together by the National Investigation Information Service (DNRI).

The number of crimes recorded fell by 7 percent compared to 2005. There has been an overall decrease of 18 percent since 2002. The number of suspects arrested however has increased.

In particular minors, young adults and people who came in contact with police for the first time were designated as suspects more often than in the past. More women were also arrested in 2006. The DNRI thinks that partly because of this, the average rate of repeat offences has declined.

The number of crimes against property fell significantly. It is also noticeable that the number of violent crimes against persons seems to have stabilised after an upward trend that lasted for years. The number of sex offences fell by 18 percent.

Large cities still report relatively more crimes than smaller towns, but the difference has narrowed over the past years.

The DNRI, a division of the national police corps, carried out its study at the request of the Board of Police Commissioners.

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