Less crime, more violence

19th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – In general there was less crime in 2006 than in preceding years. The public prosecution department did see an increase in the number of violent cases however, the college of procurators general reported on Thursday.

19 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – In general there was less crime in 2006 than in preceding years. The public prosecution department did see an increase in the number of violent cases however, the college of procurators general reported on Thursday.

Society no longer tolerates domestic and honour-related violence, the public prosecutors said. As a result people are quicker to report instances of these crimes than they were in the past. The number of court cases involving violence increased by 2,000 last year in comparison to 2005.

Remarkably enough the total number of violent robberies fell by 20 percent, and the number of robberies of petrol stations and shops even fell by 30 percent. "A remarkable decrease," said Harm Brouwer, chairman of the college.

The growth in the number of cases of violence was consequently mainly in the sphere of "personal violence," like domestic abuse, for instance.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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