Sharp fall in violent crime deaths
5 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The number of murders and manslaughter cases in the Netherlands strongly declined again this year.
5 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — The number of murders and manslaughter cases in the Netherlands strongly declined again this year.
Magazine Elsevier reported on Tuesday that 2006 could record an all-time low number of violent deaths.
Up until now, 140 murders or manslaughter cases have been recorded across the country, compared with 201 in 2005, another relatively bloodless year.
Elsevier has kept a tally of annual murders and manslaughters since 1992. In the mid-1990s, an average of 250 people died a violent death.
In 1997, some 283 people were murdered or were the victim of manslaughter. In 2001, there were 255 victims. But in the years that followed, the figures barely rose above 200.
Only 2003 proved an exception when 232 people were killed.
Elsevier predicts that between 160 and 170 violent deaths will be registered this year, based on December averages.
It said the number of violent deaths had "spectacularly" declined in the three largest cities. In Amsterdam, 32 murders were recorded last year compared with 16 so far this year.
Elsevier said the decline in violent deaths was developing into a trend, attributing the fall to the aging population because older people commit fewer violent crimes than younger people.
It also said improved economic activity, reduced use of the aggression-inducing drug crack among drug addicts, accelerated responses to domestic violence, a reduced number of asylum seekers and tighter asylums laws have contributed to the fall in violent crime.
Asylum seekers and illegal immigrants have been over-represented in violent crimes statistics in recent years, Elsevier reported.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news