Dutch crime levels 'stable for 25 years'
12 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — The chance of being a victim of crime in the Netherlands has hardly changed since 1980, according to a study by Leiden University and the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP).
12 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — The chance of being a victim of crime in the Netherlands has hardly changed since 1980, according to a study by Leiden University and the Social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP).
Although the amount of registered offences has risen considerably in the last 25 years, the researchers say this is because people are now more likely to report incidents to the police. And the police these days more often book offenders after a report of a crime has been filed, newspaper 'AD' reported.
"The better the police do their work, the more criminal our country appears to be," the researchers said. The study is published in criminology magazine 'Tijdschrift voor Criminologie' on Wednesday.
Until now it was assumed that criminality has increased substantially, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. But the researchers say there is a 35 percent chance of becoming a victim of crime in the next 12 months, equal to 25 years ago.
The chance of becoming a victim of violence is one in 12.5, slightly less than was the case in the 1980s. Only vandalism rates have grown during this period — from one in eight to one in 6.5.
The research is based on surveys carried out by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
The police are surprised by the findings. "According to our information criminality has increased since 1980," the council of chief commissioners responded. "The CBS figures confirm this". Increased reporting alone does not explain away the total growth in recorded offences, the council said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news