Criminality costs over EUR 20 billion
20 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — Criminality cost Dutch society more than EUR 20 billion in 2004, a figure matching the situation in other countries.
20 December 2005
AMSTERDAM — Criminality cost Dutch society more than EUR 20 billion in 2004, a figure matching the situation in other countries.
A report by the Justice Ministry's scientific research centre WODC, published on Tuesday, indicated 5 million crimes were committed against people in the Netherlands last year. Four million crimes were committed against companies and other organisations.
The WODC conducted the study with the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The number of processen-verbaal (summons or reports of crimes) rose by 8 percent between 1005 and 2004. And the amount of suspects questioned by the police rose by 44 percent.
The total cost of criminality in 2004 comes to more than EUR 1,200 per citizen.
The majority of the cost, EUR 13 billion (63 percent), related to damage caused to companies, individuals or the government. The cost of battling crime in society was EUR 4.2 billion, while another EUR 3.3 billion went on preventative measures.
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Subject: Dutch news