Lowest murder rate in 10 yrs

14th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2007, AMSTERDAM (AP) - The murder rate in the Netherlands fell to 1.0 per 100,000 people in 2006, the country's Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) said Wednesday, the lowest level in a decade.

14 June 2007

AMSTERDAM (AP) - The murder rate in the Netherlands fell to 1.0 per 100,000 people in 2006, the country's Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) said Wednesday, the lowest level in a decade.

The agency said a fall of nearly 50 percent in murders in the country's four largest cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht - was the primary reason.

In all, there were 160 murders in this country of 16 million in 2006. That compares with 776, or 1.5 per 100,000, in nearby England and Wales in the year ended April 2006; and with 16,692, or 5.6 per 100,000, in the United States in 2005, the most recent year for which data is available. In a report earlier this month the FBI said it expects a fractional rise in the U.S. murder rate to have occurred in 2006.

Reviewing 10 years of data, the Dutch CBS observed that men were murdered more frequently than women, and were more frequently victims of street violence. Half of murdered women were killed by their partner or ex-partner, and four out of five times they were killed at home.

Both male and female murder victims were most frequently aged 20-40, and a disproportionately large number of killings took place on the weekend.

[Copyright AP 2007]

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