Dutch feel safer and see less crime, says survey
6 July 2005, THE HAGUE – People in the Netherlands say they feel increasingly safer, according to a new survey.
6 July 2005
THE HAGUE – People in the Netherlands say they feel increasingly safer, according to a new survey.
More than that, in fact, they less often fall victim to burglary, vandalism, bicycle theft, theft of car contents, and violent crime than in the past.
People also say they experience fewer neighbourhood problems, such as nuisance, intimidation, graffiti and dog dirt.
The findings were reported in a large-scale survey which ministers Remkes (Interior) and Donner (Justice) sent to the Lower House on Wednesday.
Surveyors questioned more than 52,000 randomly selected residents aged 15 and above by telephone.
In 2004, too, fewer people reported feeling unsafe than in previous years. In the 1990s 30 percent said they sometimes felt unsafe; in 2005 that figure dropped to 24 percent.
A much smaller number also reported frequently feeling unsafe: 3.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent ten years
The ministers say they believe the new figures are the result of the safety plan introduced several years ago, as well as cooperation between governments, police, judicial authorities and social organisations and efforts by individuals and businesses to take more precautions against break-ins.
People also said they were more satisfied with police availability. Police actions scored less well; people found those less satisfactory than last year. Remkes will order an investigation into how to improve satisfaction.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news