Dutch police face new type of repeat offender

4th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

The old-fashioned’ type of repeat offender – drug addicts breaking into cars on a daily basis to support their habit – is disappearing from Dutch streets.

They are being replaced with a new type of repeat offender who is much younger, more cunning and much more violent.

Rotterdam-Rijnmond police force commander Frank Paauw made these comments in his New Year’s speech on Tuesday.

Commander Paauw says they are mostly young people who are after status, money or kicks. They intimidate their neighbourhood and the police and feel they are untouchable.

Youth care Most of these juvenile delinquents were referred to youth care and other authorities at a young age, but their involvement clearly is not always successful in preventing a later lapse into crime.

Commander Paauw said that for this reason he was concerned about budget cuts to youth care and other authorities.

Robbers The Rotterdam-Rijnmond force commander said that the added focus on armed robberies in 2011 paid off: 247 robbers were arrested in 2011, compared to 160 in the year before.

Mr Paauw said it was worrisome that the number of armed robberies at 381 was the same as in 2010 and that 60 percent of robbery suspects were younger than 24.

the commander said. He added that it seems people today think less of committing an armed robbery than they used to.


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