Dutch police target crime-based opulence
Police forces in the Netherlands crack down on people whose wealth appears to come from illegitimate sources.The Netherlands – Five police forces in the Netherlands are participating in a joint project asking the public to come forward with tips about people who are suddenly buying expensive houses or cars.
The trial, which begins Tuesday, will kick off with the Ijsselland force.
Officers are asking the public to come forward if they spot their neighbours with expensive items that are beyond their means.
"Nearly everyone knows someone in their neighbourhood who is driving around in a luxury car that they can't possibly afford," said an Ijsselland police spokesman.
The national pilot project is a follow-up of Amsterdam's convertible test where the city's police have the right to check on Cabrio drivers and ask them to account for the cash required to buy the cars.
Young people who all of a sudden own expensive gadgets, clothes or motor scooters will also come under police scrutiny.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica