Economic crime on the rise in the Netherlands
More than half of all Dutch business became the victim of one or more economic crimes in the past two years.
This is the outcome of the Global Economic Crime Survey 2011, a bi-annual survey conducted by consultancy firm PwC.
The number of businesses which became the victims of economic crimes such as theft, embezzlement and racketeering increased from 20 percent in 2007 to 44 percent this year. In addition, 15 percent of businesses say they had been the victims of digital break-ins, in which customer data and trade secrets were stolen.
Dutch businesses also face increasing corruption. The percentage of businesses facing this problem rose from 5 percent in 2007 to 8 percent in 2011. Another 14 percent said they believed that corruption or the paying of bribes occurred in their organisation.
Twelve percent of the businesses which are active in the international market said that paying bribes was a precondition for doing business in countries where corruption is endemic.
More than 250 Dutch businesses took part in the survey.
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