Fewer killings in Netherlands

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The number of killings in the Netherlands has gone down slightly compared to last year. An annual inventory drawn up by the weekly magazine Elsevier shows that the total number for 2010 is at 170, compared to 178 in 2009. The magazine writes that the downward trend of the past few years seems to have come to an end and the number of killings appears to be stabilising.

There were a large number of killings in which the perpetrator later committed suicide. Twenty-two people were killed in 18 such cases. Previous years saw an average of nine victims a year in this type of murder-suicide cases, including those in which someone killed their former partner and/or their children.

The Elsevier survey also shows that the number of killings in Amsterdam has halved from 32 in 2009 to 16 this year. Rotterdam also witnessed a drop; from 20 to 14. The Hague stayed at the same level with seven killings. Just like last year, there were no killings in the city of Utrecht.

Elsevier compiles its data on the basis of reports published by the ANP news agency, a number of newspapers and the website rechtspraak.nl. The magazine also consults the police and the Public Prosecutor's Office. Elsevier has been publishing its annual killings list since 1992.



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1 Comment To This Article

  • JR Bailey posted:

    on 31st December 2010, 02:46:15 - Reply

    Amazing statistics for a place that doesn't allow you to defend yourself!

    Here in Wyoming, where most people own guns and many people either carry a gun openly or concealed (concealed carry requires a permit), there were only 13 murders for 2010, the WHOLE YEAR.

    That's 2.4 murders per 100,000 people.

    So tell me again why so many Dutch (and other Europeans) think that a society is in more danger is law abiding people own guns (and even carry them)?

    Look up the stats: US States with strict gun laws have horrendous murder rates, while US States with few gun laws (and provide the right to carry them concealed or Open) have considerably LOWER murder rates?

    Cheers and happy New Year