Crime rate falls, feeling of safety rises
29 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — The number of violent crimes in the Netherlands has declined by 10.8 percent since 2002 and the number of crimes against property by 9.3 percent.
29 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — The number of violent crimes in the Netherlands has declined by 10.8 percent since 2002 and the number of crimes against property by 9.3 percent.
Interior Minister Johan Remkes and Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin said on Friday the figures prove the government is on target with its public safety campaign, 'To a safer society'.
The campaign aims to record a 20 to 25 percent reduction in crime and public disturbances by 2010 compared with 2002.
Tougher targets have been set in the larger cities, where crime must be cut by half in 50 disadvantaged districts in the nation's 31 largest cities by this year alone.
The ministers currently have figures from 18 city districts in nine cities at their disposal.
The figures indicate that the number of victims from violent crimes has declined by more than 25 percent and crimes against property such as street thefts have fallen by 32 percent.
Companies are also reporting declines in the crime rate. The number of robberies fell in the first six months of this year by 12 percent compared with the same period last year.
Hirsch Ballin and Remkes said crime rate will continue to fall in the second half of the year. However, the number of street disturbances and crimes of corruption stabilised rather than continued to fall this year.
The falling crime figures are having a positive effect on the feeling of safety. The percentage of the public that feels unsafe has fallen from 30.8 percent in 2002 to 24 percent last year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news