Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 08:56
Rotterdam to keep hooligans out of problem neighborhoods using police info
The municipality of Rotterdam will soon keep antisocial, criminal or radicalized people from living in disadvantaged neighborhoods based on police data. This is in an effort to improve the quality of life in these areas, the Telegraaf reports. To do this the municipality is making use of an adaption of the so-called "Rotterdam Act", which will be implemented n January 1st next year. The adjustment allows municipalities to ban known troublemakers and criminals from renting or buying in neighborhoods, streets or complexes where quality of life is an issue. The city council will screen prospective residents using either police data or on basis of a Certificate of Good Behavior. The municipality will work with the police and housing corporations to determine which streets or neighborhoods require this measure. Anyone who registers with civil affairs in the selected areas will be screened. The municipalities of Rijnmond, Nijmegen and The Hague, among others, are also considering implementing this measure.