Over 25% of Amsterdammers victimised in crimes

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Fewer Dutch people became the victims of crime in 2015. Last year 17.6 percent of the Netherlands' population was a victim of crime, compared to 18.9 percent in 2014. The crime rate was the worst in Amsterdam and the best in Emmen, according to the Safety Monitor 2015.

Just like on the national level, the crime rate in Amsterdam saw a decrease in 2015. Last year 28 percent of Amsterdam residents were the victims of crime, a 2 percent decrease compared to 2014.

The Safety Monitor is an annual report on the crime rates in the Netherlands and the security of residents by Statistics Netherlands, the Ministry of Security and Justice and the National Police.

Between 2005 and 2015 the number of crime victims in the Netherlands decreased from 3.6 million to 2.4 million. Last year the number of property crimes and vandalism in particular showed a decrease.

The number of juvenile offenders - between the ages of 12 and 18 years - also showed a decrease. Between 2010 and 2014 registered juvenile offenders decreased from 3.1 to 1.9 per 100 of their peers. The number of convicted offenders decreased from 1.5 to 0.8.

The number of people who fell victim to cybercrime remained about the same at 11 percent of the Dutch population. Though fewer people fell victim to skimming, phishing and hacking. More people were the victims of online purchasing fraud - people ordered something and never paid, or people paid for an order and never received it.

More than a third - 36 percent - of the population do not feel safe. Compared to last year, the percentage is about the same. Compared to 2005, the proportion of people who do not feel same in the Netherlands decreased with 26 percent. The feeling of insecurity is the highest in the four big cities at 43 percent.

Men and young people are more likely to be the victims of violence and vandalism than women elderly. Lesbians are more often the victims of violence. Gay men more often fall victim to property crimes and vandalism.

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