Shop and cafe robberies fall
23 August 2006, AMSTERDAM – A drop in the number of hold-ups nationwide that began in 2001 has continued through the first half of this year.
23 August 2006
AMSTERDAM – A drop in the number of hold-ups nationwide that began in 2001 has continued through the first half of this year.
There were 982 robberies in the first half of 2006 compared with 1082 in the same period last year — a fall of 12 percent.
Shops and cafes fared best, according to the figures released by the national police service corps (Klpd). Hold-ups of bars and cafes fell from 217 in 2005 to 156 this year; and in the retail industry from 378 to 315.
In recent years the number of hold-ups has now fallen by around a quarter.
A police spokesman said the falls were down to more investment in anti-crime measures and that even better results could be expected from better security procedures.
The number of hold-ups of petrol stations has fallen by more than half, from 91 to 45; of restaurants from 50 down to 27, and of snack bars from 66 to 34. The number of bank robberies fell from 47 last year to 28 this year.
By contrast, the number of domestic hold-ups rose slightly, from 281 to 286. Coffee shops (up from five to 10), hotels (from four to 14) and liquor stores (from five to 12) were more often victims.
In all the robberies in the first half of this year there have been three deaths and 178 injuries. Nearly a quarter of all cases have been solved and the police expect this figure to rise as many cases are still being investigated.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
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