Murder rate dips in Netherlands
The murder rate in the Netherlands has gone down slightly compared with last year. An annual count made by weekly news magazine shows that the total number of killings in 2010 now stands at 170, compared to 178 in 2009. The magazine writes that the downward trend of recent years seems to have almost come to an end and the number of killings appears to be stabilising.
There have been a particularly large number of killings in which the perpetrator later committed suicide. Twenty-two people were killed in 18 such cases. Previous years saw an average of nine victims a year in this type of murder-suicide case, including those in which someone killed their former partner, their children, or both.
The survey also shows that the number of killings in Amsterdam has halved from 32 in 2009 to 16 this year. Rotterdam also witnessed a drop, from 20 to 14. The Hague stayed at the same level with seven killings. Just like last year, there were no killings at all in the city of Utrecht.
Elsevier compiles its data on the basis of reports published by the ANP news agency, a number of newspapers and the website rechtspraak.nl. The magazine also consults the police and the Public Prosecutor's Office. Elsevier has been publishing its annual killings list since 1992.
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