Fewer robberies, more arrests

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Dutch police have arrested more suspected robbers than in the same period last year, while the number of robberies was down.

Figures published by the council of regional police commanders show that the police registered 710 robberies and arrested 243 suspected robbers in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 822 and 187 suspects the year before.

These figures are reportedly the result of a new approach. The council says “The intensive deployment of robbery teams in combination with a focus on perpetrator groups and an increased chance of being caught red-handed is having its effects.”

Police figures show that the number of robberies increased from 2007 on and peaked in 2009 with 2,898 incidents. The increase sparked the creation of a Robberies Task Force led by Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb.

The council’s report notes that there is an increasing willingness among members of the general public to inform the police when they hear or see something suspicious. As a result, more robberies are being prevented and more robbers arrested after they committed a crime.

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