The Dutch police arrested 60 people last week in a national action against roaming criminal gangs. Detainees include suspected shoplifters, drug traffickers and dealers, burglars and identity thieves, the police announced in a statement.
Last year the number of reported crimes in the Netherlands dropped by 8 percent, continuing its declining trend over the past years, according to newspaper AD's annual Crime Meter. Amsterdam also saw a decrease in crime, but the Dutch capital is still the most dangerous city to live in crime-wise.
About a dozen homes were evacuated in Doetinchem, Gelderland on Monday morning after burglars used heavy explosives to steal from a Rabobank cash machine. Plumes of smoke hung over the city after the blast, with witnesses first calling emergency services around 4:10 a.m., police said in a statement.
More explosives were found at the scene by a bomb disposal unit, prompting emergency teams to evacuate the area as a precaution. The explosive material was later detonated at another location.
Someone broke into Artis Zoo in Amsterdam on Sunday night and stole 10 of 14 pelican eggs. They also broke one pelican's leg, which resulted in the animal dying, and seriously disrupted the group of birds during breeding season. The Amsterdam zoo filed charges of animal cruelty, theft and vandalism, the zoo announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.
So far no suspects were arrested. The incident was also not caught on camera.
The Rotterdam police arrested a group of criminals suspected of being responsible for a series of street shootings in Rotterdam-Zuid between September and December last year. A total of 13 people were arrested, the four most recent ones last week, the police announced in a statement.
Several people were injured in the shootings, but there were no fatalities.
A number of homes on Dolderstraat in Wageningen were evacuated at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning due to the discovery of a suspicious substance believed to be explosive. The substance was found after a break-in at a garage on the street, the Gelderlander reports.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called in to collect the substance. It is as yet unclear exactly what the substance is or whether it is in fact explosive. The police are investigating.
It is also unclear whether the burglars took anything from the garage.
Registered common crimes in the Netherlands, including burglaries, violence and theft, dropped by 20 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday. Crime experienced by Dutch, registered in the national victimization survey Safety Monitor, reduced by 13 percent. People living in the Netherlands also feel safer, ANP reports.
Five men were arrested on Bonaire on Tuesday on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Dutch cop Ferry Bakx. The police also searched the home in which the men were arrested
A burglar threatened to jump off the roof of a home in Amsterdam's Singel on Monday morning after he and two accomplices were caught in the act of breaking in
A man was arrested on Bonaire on suspicion of involvement in the murder of policeman Ferry Bakx, the Police Corps Caribbean Netherlands and the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. The man used a suspicious vehicle that was found in Kralendijk, the capital of the island and the city where Bakx was killed
During the early hours of Friday morning the police caught two burglars in the act of breaking into an office building of the Seventh Day Adventisists in Huis ter Heide, the same building used as Sinterklaas' house in the Sinterklaasjournaal every year. It took the police some time to track the burglars down in the building, but they were eventually found stuck between two walls
The Public Prosecutor in Bonaire promised a $10 thousand, or around 8,800 euros, reward for the tip that leads to the arrest of the man responsible of shooting and killing a Dutch police officer on the island on Wednesday night,
A police officer killed in a shootout while responding to a break in on Bonaire on Wednesday, was identified as Ferry Bakx, the Telegraaf reports. He emigrated from the Netherlands in January 2013 and was living and working on the Antillean island since, according to the newspaper.
The Tilburg police are investigating whether a 31-year-old man arrested in the city during the early hours of Sunday morning is a burglar or was just hunting for Pokemon, the police said in a statement on Sunday.
Police officers responding to a burglary report in Almelo during the early hours of Sunday, got somewhat less than they expected. The burglar in question turned out to be a neighbor hunting for an annoying mosquito with a flashlight, the Almelo police said on Facebook.
Two men and a woman were arrested in Vlaardingen on Tuesday morning after the police caught them transporting a stolen safe in a wheelie bin.
A more or less accidental drugs find led during a burglary investigation in Nieuwegein, led to the arrest of one drunk scooter driving man on Thursday morning, the police reports.
Ebru Umar's home in Amsterdam was broken into overnight. The home was ransacked and a laptop was stolen, the Dutch journalist, currently stuck in Turkey after being arrested for insulting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said
Students of fourteen Amsterdam dorm-style housing complexes feel unsafe in their homes, student union AVSA concludes based on reports recorded at the Student Hotline for Unsafe Housing
A suspected burglar was arrested early Saturday morning after breaking into an Albert Heijn store in Nijmegen and stealing four dozen mini vegetable garden kits, the police there reported on Sunday. The popular kits are given away as a promotion to paying customers.
Gerda Vercoutre found a Rolex worth 50 thousand euros in the bushes at a shopping center in Zeist. The expensive watch's owner was traced using its serial number, and he revealed that the Rolex was stolen in a burglary on February 9th
A man with a rifle draped over his shoulder while riding a bicycle through the city center in Tilburg was arrested early Monday morning, police said later in the day. Police initially wanted to stop him for cycling without lights, but the 27-year-old suspect tried to quickly flee the scene on his bike.
An Amsterdam man was arrested early Friday morning after driving at speeds of over 130 kilometers per hour through neighbourhood streets in the Zuidoost district. Police on patrol after a series of recent burglaries in the area spotted the driver allegedly racing at high speeds around 3 a.m.
Burglars broke into the food bank Goed Ontmoet in Bergen op Zoom over the weekend and managed to get away with between 500 and 600 euros worth of Christmas stocking stuffers.