Shop robberies on the rise
13 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – There was a 16.5-percent increase in the number of shop robberies this year compared to last. Almost 500 shop owners were robbed in the first nine months of 2007.
13 November 2007
AMSTERDAM – There was a 16.5-percent increase in the number of shop robberies this year compared to last. Almost 500 shop owners were robbed in the first nine months of 2007.
Shops in Amsterdam and Rotterdam are more often the target, the Dutch Retail Council (RND) said on Tuesday.
A total of 494 robberies were reported before 1 October. 424 shops were robbed in the same period last year.
State secretary for economic affairs Frank Heemskerk (PvdA) recently said that shop crime and the number of robberies was on the decline. The RND says the trend has reversed.
The RND says that it seems that good initiatives are getting bogged down in bureaucracy. Alarm systems for shop owners are becoming more expensive, for instance, because of new requirements set by police. The Data Protection Authority reportedly is blocking the expansion of a warning register of known robbers.
The council wants the government to take action. The police should devote more attention to problem neighbourhoods and preventative searches should be allowed before entering shops.
The RND also wants a national database of gangs set up.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news