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.
The number of registered crimes in the Netherlands decreased again last year and is now back at the level of 1980, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. Crime in the Netherlands increased steadily at the start of this century, but decreased considerably over the past few years. Last year 49 crimes were registered per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to 93 per 1,000 inhabitants in 2001 and 2002, NOS reports.
Three police officers from the Noord-Nederland police lost their uniforms in home burglaries. One's service firearm was also stolen. The police did not make these incidents public, but they were mentioned in documents about the preparation for Sinterklaas' arrival in Dokkum that were released after an appeal to the Freedom of Information Act, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.
Burglars broke into a Rabobank branch in Oudenbosch and stole valuable belongings from several safety deposit boxes. The burglary happened sometime over the weekend and was discovered on Tuesday, according to NOS.
Exactly how many safety deposit boxes were robbed is unclear. The police speak of "a large number". An investigation is underway and the police are calling on witnesses to come forward.
Crime in Amsterdam fell by 5 percent in 2017 compared to the year before. There were fewer cases of pickpockets, muggings, and violent threats, but the number of home burglaries and robberies increased. Nationwide crime is steadily declining, according to figures the National Police will publish on Thursday, the Volkskrant reports.
The Amsterdam mayor, police and Public Prosecutor are concerned about a seeming shift towards more invisible forms of crime in the Dutch the capital, they said in a report on Monday. With "invisible" crimes they refer to actions that are criminal in nature, but are socially embedded in neighborhoods and often out of the control and sight of the government, ANP reports.
A large proportion of this invisible crime has to do with conflicts in the drug world, according to the Amsterdam triangle. These crimes lead to arms trade, money laundering and assassinations.
Late last week the police tracked down two bitcoin miners that were stolen from Eindhoven in a home in Vlijmen. A man was arrested for the possession of stolen property, the police announced in a statement on Wednesday.
A bitcoin miner is a powerful computer used to approve global transactions in the bitcoin network. Owners who use their computers for bitcoin mining, are rewarded in the form of bitcoin or other cryptocurrency.
On Saturday 16-year-old Nina Nootenboom caught a burglar in her Enschede home and managed to hold him down until the police arrived to arrest him. The police call the girl a hero, but add the caution that it is unwise to confront a burglar yourself.
Nina, her father and her older sister Julia (18) came home on Saturday to find their living room had been ransacked. As they were gone only a short time, Nina quickly realized that the thief could not be far away. "I acted in a reflex", Nina said to newspaper AD.
Hundreds of Roma children are being used by family members as pickpockets, burglars or even sex slaves in the Netherlands, various experts and aid workers said to Nieuwsuur. The police responded that 400 detectives work on hundreds of human trafficking cases per year, including the exploitation of Roma children. Police officers will get extra training this year on recognizing the signs of human trafficking.
For the first time in years, the number of burglaries in the Netherlands increased in 2016. Last year a total of 64 thousand burglary claims were filed with insurers, compared to 61 thousand in 2015, according to figures from the Dutch association of insurers VNV, ANP reports.
A burglary in the Zeeland town of Breskens ended in a shootout between the police and the burglar. Two people were injured - a burglar who was hit by a police bullet, and a person in the home that was robbed, the police said in a statement.
The police responded to a report of a robbery in the home on Slikkenburgseweg around 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday. They arrived at the scene to find a car speeding away. The speeding car crashed into a responding police car. Shots were fired by both police and the burglar. The burglar was hit by a bullet and injured.
Saleh A., a 29-year-old man who broke the windows of kosher restaurant Ha Carmel in Amsterdam while carrying a Palestinian flag on December 7th, apologizes to the owner of the restaurant and the Dutch people, his lawyer said in court on Wednesday. He attacked the restaurant out of anger about the situation in Israel, the man told the court, the Telegraaf reports.
Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw is very concerned about the increasing number of incidents involving mentally disturbed people. This year the Rotterdam police dealt with 8,200 such incidents, compared to 7 thousand in 2016. "Disturbed people kill more people than terrorism", Paauw said during a press conference about the Rotterdam Police's year, NU.nl reports.
Amine A., a 29-year-old police officer in The Hague, was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday. He was convicted of bribery, participation in a criminal organization and attempted burglary. The court also banned A. form working as an official for nine years, NOS reports.
A car carrying three suspected burglars crashed in Germany after a high-speed police chase. Bot the Dutch and German police chased the suspects down the A12, RTL Nieuws reports.
The suspects started their flight when the police wanted to pull them over for a traffic check in Arnhem on Wednesday night. The Dutch police gave chase, joined by the German police once the suspects crossed the border.
At the Rees exit, a few kilometers after the border at Zevenaar, the car went off the road and crashed. All three suspected burglars were unhurt.
A 101-year-old woman was robbed in her Utrecht home by a beggar who followed her home from the store on Wednesday morning. And in Best a 91-year-old woman was injured by a burglar who came into her home while she was sleeping early that same morning.
The Amsterdam police arrested 19-year-old fugitive Luciano D. in Nieuw-West on Thursday afternoon. The young man has been on the run since he escaped during supervised leave from youth detention in June, Het Parool reports.
The police responded to Jacob van Maerlantstraat in Amsterdam Nieuw-West after a reported burglary. There officers spotted a group of young men. When they asked the young men to identify themselves, one gave a false name. The officers confronted him with this and he ran off. The other young men boxed the officers in to give him chance to get away.
A prisoner who escaped in Antwerp in July, was arrested in Amsterdam on Thursday. Belgium requested that he be extradited, AT5 reports.
According to the broadcaster, the man in question was one of two arrested for stealing expensive jewelry from homes in Belgium. Both suspects managed to escape police custody when they were set to appear in court. They attacked a police officer in front of the court and took off, still wearing their handcuffs.
Thieves stole 14 lifelike sex dolls, worth around 25 thousand euros in total, from the showroom of exclusive sex shop MyTenga in Breda last week. "They only left the couches", shop owner Niels van der Voort said to Omroep Brabant. "All the dolls are gone. Even the old kettle and the six-year-old retro-reflective camera they took with them."
Over the past two months the Rotterdam police arrested 16 teenagers between the ages of 14- and 19-years-old for involvement in a series of crime in the city, the police said in a statement.
The gang of teenagers are suspected of at least 14 burglaries in Tarwewijk and Charlois. They are also believed to be involved in at least one mugging and scooter theft. All of the suspects come from Rotterdam.
The Dutch police arrested 60 people last week in a national action against roaming criminal gangs. Detainees include suspected shoplifters, drug traffickers and dealers, burglars and identity thieves, the police announced in a statement.
Last year the number of reported crimes in the Netherlands dropped by 8 percent, continuing its declining trend over the past years, according to newspaper AD's annual Crime Meter. Amsterdam also saw a decrease in crime, but the Dutch capital is still the most dangerous city to live in crime-wise.
About a dozen homes were evacuated in Doetinchem, Gelderland on Monday morning after burglars used heavy explosives to steal from a Rabobank cash machine. Plumes of smoke hung over the city after the blast, with witnesses first calling emergency services around 4:10 a.m., police said in a statement.
More explosives were found at the scene by a bomb disposal unit, prompting emergency teams to evacuate the area as a precaution. The explosive material was later detonated at another location.
Someone broke into Artis Zoo in Amsterdam on Sunday night and stole 10 of 14 pelican eggs. They also broke one pelican's leg, which resulted in the animal dying, and seriously disrupted the group of birds during breeding season. The Amsterdam zoo filed charges of animal cruelty, theft and vandalism, the zoo announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.
So far no suspects were arrested. The incident was also not caught on camera.