Lowest murder rate for 10 years

21st August 2006, Comments 0 comments

21 August 2001 , AMSTERDAM — Fewer Dutch were the victims of murder or manslaughter last year, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced on Monday.

21 August 2001

AMSTERDAM — Fewer Dutch were the victims of murder or manslaughter last year, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced on Monday.

In fact, the 198 murders nationwide last year was the lowest recorded number in the past 10 years.

Around 70 percent of the victims were male, mostly killed with firearms. Women were more likely to be killed with a knife. Two thirds of female victims died in their own homes, as opposed to half the male victims.

Weekends and the month of July were statistically the most dangerous times — 40 percent of all violent deaths occurred at the weekend.

Half the victims in 2005 were between 20 and 40 years old.

The majority of murders took place in Amsterdam. Together with Rotterdam and The Hague, the three cities accounted for a third of all murder and manslaughter in the Netherlands.

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