Speeding, dog poop biggest annoyances in Dutch neighborhoods

Dutch police officer doing a traffic check (Stock Photo: Politie)Dutch police officer doing a traffic check (Stock Photo: Politie)

Dutch people see speeding, dog poop and parking problems as the biggest sources of nuisance in their neighborhoods, according to the Safety Monitor that Statistics Netherlands published on Monday.

Over a quarter of Dutch, 26.7 percent, consider speeding the biggest problem. 17.9 percent think that dealing with dog poop should be a priority. And 15.4 percent are annoyed by parking problems.

Residents of less urban and smaller municipalities are most annoyed by speeding and dog poop. In larger and more urban municipalities, things like rubbish on the street and parking problems are seen as bigger issues. 

For example, more than a quarter of Amsterdam residents want rubbish on the streets to be dealt with, compared to only 4 percent of people living in the municipality of Westland. In Emmen 34 percent of the population want speeding to be prevented, compared to 12 percent in Amsterdam.

Residents of large municipalities along the border believe that tackling drug crimes should have the highest priority. 

Statistics Netherlands questioned nearly 150 thousand Dutch over the age of 15 about issues like livability and problems in their neighborhood last year for the Safety Monitor.