A rapidly increasing number of Dutch neighborhoods have neighborhood watch groups or apps, partly because municipalities encourage this. The problem is that the same municipalities that encourage preventative measures in neighborhoods, hardly keep an eye on what the neighborhood watch groups are doing. This regularly cause problems, researcher Vasco Lub said to NOS after reports in NRC.
Before leaving the Netherlands for the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq, many Dutch jihadist had frequent problems with work, money, education, housing, crime and their psychological health, according to a police study in which the files of over 300 Dutch rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war were analyzed. This means that the distinction between psychologically disturbed perpetrators and ideologically driven terrorists has become obsolete, the police said, ANP reports.
The Public Prosecution Service made a huge blunder. A photo of the most important key witness in the case against Ridouan Taghi, the most wanted criminal in the Netherlands, ended up in the criminal files of all suspects around Taghi, the Prosecutor confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf.
The police photo of Nabil B. ended up in the files of suspects who are on trail on Thursday for involvement in multiple underworld assassinations. The main suspect in the case is fugitive Ridouan Taghi.
A jeweler in Kesteren, Gelderland, was robbed by three armed people on Thursday morning. The owner of the jewelry store was injured. The police arrested one suspect, and launched a manhunt for the other two, the Telegraaf reports.
A bystander managed to grab one of the robbers when he came running out of the jewelry store, according to the newspaper. The police arrested the man. Multiple pieces of jewelry were found lying on the street.
The other two robbers fled on a scooter. They were wearing dark clothing.
Last year 678 people died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands, 65 more than in 2017. This is the largest increase in the number of traffic deaths since 1989, Statistics Netherlands reports. Noord-Brabant had the biggest increase, from 98 traffic deaths in 2017 to 150 last year.
An arrest on Kanaalstraat in Utrecht on Tuesday afternoon ended in a scuffle between the police and bystanders. A total of four people were arrested. According to the police, the scuffle broke out when bystanders interfered with the arrest. Multiple people posted videos of the incident on social media, many claiming that bystanders interfered with the arrest due to "excessive violence" used by the police, AD reports.
The police per chance found over 114 kilograms of MDMA crystals while checking a car in the parking lot at Wouwse Tol on the A58 on Monday afternoon. The driver, a 56-year-old man from Berghem, was arrested, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
It wasn't the Chinese government, but South Korean tech company Samsung that was behind corporate espionage at Dutch chip machine maker ASML, CEO of the Dutch company Peter Wennink suggested in an interview with broadcaster NOS.
The police arrested a 28-year-old man from Asten-Heusden on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of raping an 18-year-old woman in the Noord-Brabant town during the early hours of Monday morning. The rape caused a great deal of unrest in the town.
The police arrested three underage boys on Tuesday morning on suspicion that they gang raped multiple girls in Rotterdam-West and Schiedam-Oost. Investigators believe that even more girls fell victim to these young suspects and call on victims to come forwards.
According to the police, there have been stories in Rotterdam-West and Schiedam-Oost for a long time about a group of boys gang raping girls in parks, basements and other dodgy places. When one declaration finally came in, the police immediately launched an investigation.
A man was killed in an explosion and fire in an apartment in Voorburg during the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Haaglanden fire department confirmed on Twitter.
The fire broke out just after midnight. Firefighters managed to get the resident out of the burning apartment. Emergency workers tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. The man died at the scene.
Multiple other apartments in the complex on Frans Mortelmansstraat were evacuated. The residents were allowed to return home at around 2:00 a.m.
The police launched a large-scale investigation into a fire in a building on Hilledijk in Rotterdam on Saturday afternoon. A 27-year-old man from Rotterdam was killed in the fire. Investigators believe that arson was involved, the police said in a statement.
The fire broke out on the first floor of the building at around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. A resident of the second floor tried to escape the flames by climbing out the window. He fell. The man was critically injured by the fire and his fall. Emergency workers tried to save him, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
The number of reports of discrimination filed in the Netherlands dropped from 11,479 in 2017 to 10,087 last year, the Public Prosecutor announced in its annual report on discrimination cases on Tuesday. As in previous years, most reports involved discrimination based on origin, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor's report includes figures from anti-discrimination facilities ADVs, the police, the online discrimination reporting center MiND and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. Only the Human Rights Institute saw an increase in reports last year, from 416 to 510.
A motorist caused havoc at De Vink gas station on the A20 highway near Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The car crashed into the gas station's store. The four people who were in the car at the time of the incident, were arrested, the Waddinxveen-Zuidplas police said on social media. No one was injured.
A holiday to Sri Lanka ended in tragedy for a family from the Noord-Brabant town of Zevenbergen. The family was involved in a serious traffic accident in Matale. Their 21-year-old son Timo succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night, RTL Nieuws reports.
An 18-year-old woman was dragged from her bicycle and raped by an as yet unidentified man on Kasteellaan in Heusden during the early hours of Monday morning. The police searched for the perpetrators for hours, but so far no arrests were made. The young woman's mother was the one who found her daughter after the attack, various sources told AD.
According to the police, the girl went out with friends in the center of Asten on Sunday night. She cycled home at around 1:00 a.m. At Kasteellaan, she was pulled from her bike, dragged into the bushes and raped, the police said.
Dutch brothers Armin and Arash N. regret assaulting a waiter in Prague last year, they both said during the first day of the trail against them in the Czech capital on Monday. They are facing charges of attempted murder or manslaughter. If they are convicted, they face up to 18 years in prison, Het Parool reports.
The Dutch immigration and naturalization service was justified in its decision to revoke the residency permit of Iraqi man Vino H., the court in Groningen ruled. The 29-year-old man was convicted of killing a 96-year-old Amsterdam woman, affectionately known as Oma Toni.
Amsterdam asked the COT, its institute for security- and crisis management, to conduct an independent investigation into the police's actions before the Champions League quarter final between Ajax and Juventus last week Wednesday, the city said in a press release.
After five consecutive years of consistent decrease, the number of crimes registered in the Netherlands increased in the first quarter of 2019. In the first three months of this year, 5 percent more crimes were registered than in the first quarter of 2018, according to figures the police released on Monday.
A teenage girl and boy went missing in Nijmegen on Saturday. The police are urgently looking for them. They were last seen at the McDonalds in the Nijmegen city center, the police said on Facebook.
The girl is 16 years old and around 1.7 meters tall with a slender posture. She speaks Spanish and English. She was wearing a dark green, long jacket with a pink fur collar when she disappeared.
The boy is 14 years old and around 1.65 meters tall. He only speaks Spanish. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a black jacket, black pants, and white shoes.
A person was hurt in the face in a shooting on Aan het Broek in Sittard on Sunday evening, the police said. One suspect was arrested. A firearm was found in the home of the suspect, NU.nl reports.
The identity of the victim was not disclosed. The severity of their injuries is also unknown. The police partially closed own the street for investigation.
Emergency services also received a report of a shooting on Westlandstraat. As the two streets are close together, the police assume it is the same incident.
Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat, who died at age 89 in 2017, used his own sperm to father at least 49 children with clients who used the fertility clinic he worked at, was confirmed by DNA testing, NU.nl reports.
Fraudulent bitcoin investment advertisements using fake quotes from Dutch celebrities are becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in the Netherlands, the Fraud Help Desk told broadcaster NOS. People who fall for these scams are promised large profits on their "investment", but never see a cent.