In total, over 800 thousand crimes were reported to the police in the Netherlands last year, an increase of 4 percent compared to 2018, according to annual figures the police released. This is the first time in nearly a decade that crime figures showed an increase. In 2010 over a million crimes were reported. That slowly decreased to 770 thousand in 2018. But the downward trend came to an end in the second half of 2018.
A person who attempted to break into the Geuzencollege in Vlaardingen on Monday morning, may have left his ID card at the scene of the crime, Rotterdam police officer Romano Meijboom said on Twitter.
The suspect broke a window of the Guezencollege with a brick, but was startled away by the burglar alarm, the police believe. When responding officers arrived at the scene, they found an ID card left behind.
Police in 30 different Dutch municipalities failed to apprehend a suspect in a single burglary reported in their jurisdictions in the past three years. There were over two thousand break-ins reported in those towns and villages between May 2016 and May 2019, all of which went unsolved, a data analysis from RTL Nieuws showed.
A person of interest arrested as part of an investigation into a massive amount of missing gold was released from custody, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said. Gold bars worth millions of euros went missing earlier this year, which authorities revealed as they raided a safety deposit box business in the heart of Rotterdam.
Three men taken from a train in Venlo on Monday and hospitalized with hypothermia, were arrested in connection with a burglary in Eindhoven, the Oost-Brabant police said on Twitter.
The three are suspected of breaking into a store on Gemmastraat in the city. Exactly when the burglary happened, the police did not say.
The trio were taken off a train to Venlo on Monday morning. One of them was soaking wet and each showed symptoms of hypothermia.
Dutch police arrested 70 people last week in a cooperative effort to tackle those suspected of mobile banditry, a catch-all term for people who travel around to engage in criminal acts like theft, burglary, fraud, identity fraud, and drug trafficking. The suspects in these cases often work across international borders, requiring assistance from policing agencies like Europol, Interpol, and other national police forces.
The long winter nights and upcoming holiday season mean that you stand a much greater chance of being burgled in the coming weeks. According to the Burglary Barometer, the chance of a burglary increases by an average of 72 percent until December. The risk of falling victim to a burglary increases most for residents of Zeeland, Drenthe and Limburg in the coming weeks, the Telegraaf reports.
Police investigating a home invasion were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of euros in cash and several expensive watches, seemingly overlooked by a group of burglars who were in the home moments earlier.
Three burglars invaded a home in Zwijndrecht, Zuid-Holland last week, and locked up a resident in the basement while they searched the home. The resident managed to escape and call the police after the robbers fled the home.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's son was arrested in July. He was caught in connection with an armed burglary, and police officers in the city fear that the case will be covered up, the Telegraaf wrote on Wednesday. That is not what happened, the mayor argued in a public letter and translated below.
Police in Enschede arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of burglary after he was found in the middle of the night by a three-year-old boy. The boy awoke late Monday night to the sound of loud footsteps in the garden behind his house.
“He thought there were maybe animals or monsters there. However, it was a wild, strange man,” police said in a statement.
Authorities praised the boy for alerting his mother to the suspicious person. She saw he was carrying a television and an electric bike and quickly called emergency services.
A 46-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested after allegedly leading police on a chase across the A1, A27, A12, and A2 highways. The man was suspected of a burglary in Amersfoort, when he ignored officers' orders to stop.
It started at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, when police were called to the Hanzeboulevard to investigate a burglary of a business location. A witness at the scene gave police a description of the car, police said in a statement.
Like in previous years, the number of crimes registered in the Netherlands decreased last year. In 2018, 6 percent fewer crimes were registered than in 2017, the Public Prosecutor said in its annual report on Thursday. The Dutch authorities also seized over 171 million euros in criminal assets. But while the total number of registered crimes decreased, the declining trend seemed to start reversing in the second half of the year, the Prosecutor said.
Police cameras are being installed at the campus on the NDSM site in Amsterdam Noord after an "unacceptable" number of incidents, mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to the city council. Incidents involved rape, burglary and muggings, and attempts thereto, she said, NU.nl reports.
The cameras come on top of previous measures taken, such as extra police patrols, better lighting, and "resilience training" for local residents. "Despite these measures, the number of incidents is unacceptably high", the mayor said.
The student campuses in Amsterdam are not safe, student union ASVA warns. The union received 39 reports of incidents over the last two months alone, mainly involving incidents of violence, sexual offenses, robbery and burglary, AD reports.
A large part of these reports came from the Spinoza Campus and the nearby apartment buildings Echtenstein and Bergwijkdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Students also feel unsafe at the campus on the NDSM wharf, according to ASVA.
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 police SWAT team arrested two men in The Hague during the early hours of Monday morning. They are suspected of involvement in a stabbing and a possible burglary in the city, NU.nl reports.
On Sunday evening the police received a report of a stabbing on Callandstraat. Another report came in about a conflict at a restaurant near Callandstraat. Investigations into these two incidents led the police to a home on Keukenhoflaan. The home was observed for several hours, until a heavily armed SWAT team entered the building at around 2:30 a.m.
Over a fifth of people who fell victim to home burglary in 2017 were burgled again within a year, according to the 2017 Security Monitor by Statistics Netherlands. The chance of burglars targeting the same home more than once is greatest in cities, RTL Nieuws reports.
In 2017 two percent of the Dutch population, around 287 thousand people fell victim to a burglary or attempted burglary. For over 75 percent of the victims this only happened once, 15 percent had two burglaries, and 7 percent had three or more burglaries.
Amsterdam is still the city in the Netherlands with the highest crime figures, according to newspaper AD's annual crime monitor Misdaadmeter. Neighboring municipality Diemen is catching up to the Dutch capital, moving from the 26th most unsafe municipality in 2017 to the 8th last year. Limburg counts four municipalities in the top 10 least safe, AD reports.
A shedding cat may have been the downfall of three men suspected of a burglary in Muiderberg. The three suspects deny having anything to do with the break-in, but their shoes were covered in cat hair. The house that was burgled is home to a cat that sheds a lot, NH Nieuws reports after a tweet from a community police officer.
The resident came home to find her home broken into and the suspects running away. The police gave chase, and finally caught and arrested the trio in Amersfoort.
Continuing the trend of past years, the number of registered crimes in the Netherlands dropped in 2018. The police registered a total of 766,638 crimes, a decrease of 6.1 percent compared to 2017. However, the police note that the decrease is slowing down. "The decline seems to have come to an end in the last six months", the police said.
Jewelry thieves made off with 1.3 million euros of luxury watches in a brazen smash-and-grab robbery in the center of Maastricht Wednesday night. Two burglars made off with 150 watches from the Juwelier Burger on Platielstraat, and were apparently at large.
A video was posted on Facebook claiming to show the end of the burglary. Two people are scene climbing down a ladder at the scene of the crime, and then fleeing on bicycles.
The police fired multiple shots during a manhunt for three suspects of a burglary on Thorbeckestraat in Zaltbommel on Sunday. Two suspects were arrested, one of which was hit by police bullets in the leg, Omroep Gelderland reports.
Amstelveen is setting up an "expertise team" consisting of former police officers to reduce the number of burglaries in the city. The municipality is currently recruiting four former police officers to be part of this team. "It is time for unorthodox measures", the municipality said, NOS reports.
Amsterdam is again the most unsafe municipality in the Netherlands, according to newspaper AD's crime meter for 2017. Common crime decreased across the Netherlands last year. The number of reported burglaries, theft, robberies and assaults fell by a total of 13 percent.