One in three Dutch wants more police

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10 October 2007, THE HAGUE – One in three Dutch citizens wants the police to be more visible on the streets, while on the other hand one in 25 wants fewer police. This emerged from the figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations.

10 October 2007

THE HAGUE – One in three Dutch citizens wants the police to be more visible on the streets, while on the other hand one in 25 wants fewer police. This emerged from the figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations.

The majority of the Dutch population (64%) see a police officer less than once a week while almost one in eight sees a police officer every day.

This data is included in the annual Security Monitor for the Government (VMR) drawn up by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the ministry for the interior. To collect the data for this monitor around 19,000 respondents over the age of 15 were asked questions about feelings of unsafety and neighbourhood problems.


The visibility of the police in urban areas is greater than in the countryside, according to the survey. In the urban areas 50 percent of the residents see a police officer at least once a week, whereas the police in the rural areas keep a lower profile. 
 

The need for the police to be more visible is larger in cities than elsewhere Almost 40 percent want the police to be more visible, while in the less urbanised areas 25 percent feel the need for more police. 

The police in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam are most visible to the public at large.  But in these cities the need for more policing is also greater. The same holds for Brabant-West and Midden, Limburg-Zuid and Fleveoland.

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