Elderly criminals in Netherlands up by 85 percent

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Common offences committed by the elderly include violating traffic rules, burglary and violence.

THE NETHERLANDS – The number of elderly lawbreakers in the Netherlands is up by 85 percent - almost double - in the last 12 years.

Figures released by the Pubic Prosecutor's Office reveal the number of over-65s convicted of breaking the law has reached 5,500. There has been a noticeable increase in those aged over 80.

About 40 percent of the offences committed by the elderly include traffic violations such as failing to stop after an incident or driving when intoxicated. The next most common offences are crimes against property, such as burglary and violence.

Researchers say the rise is largely due to the increase in the country's ageing population. There are now more elderly in the Netherlands than 12 years ago.

Despite the sharp increase in crime by the elderly, they make up just two percent of all lawbreakers in the Netherlands.

The Public Prosecution Office does not see any reason to adapt criminal law to accommodate this new wave of senior lawbreakers.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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