Police report: murders, manslaughters falling
26 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — The number of murders and incidents of manslaughter has declined in the past 12 years, new police figures indicate.
26 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — The number of murders and incidents of manslaughter has declined in the past 12 years, new police figures indicate.
In 1992, there were 284 registered violent deaths compared to 204 deaths last year, the national detectives information service DNRI said on Tuesday.
And a spokesman for the national police force KLPD said despite two recent family tragedies in Zoetermeer and Hilversum, DNRI figures indicate that such tragedies do not occur more frequently now than 10 years ago.
In the last two years, the knife has become the most common weapon used in violent crimes, followed by firearms, which were previously the most frequently used. Strangulation or suffocation is third.
Some 80 percent of murders are committed by a person known to the victim and 80 percent of crimes are solved. Children are especially the victims of violent crimes, followed by young people aged between 16 and 30.
In contrast to public perception, the DNRI denied there is an increased frequency of crimes involving an adult killing their partner and children.
In 1998, there were four such family killings. In 2005, there have been three reported family tragedies (two in Zoetermeer and one in Hilversum).
There have also been two cases in Culemborg and The Hague in which a family member was killed, but in which no young children were involved.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news