In the first six months of this year, the number of passenger cars stolen in the Netherlands dropped by 11 percent, but the number of motorcycles stolen increased by 8 percent, according to the foundation for tackling vehicle crime AVc, ANP reports.
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.
The number of car thefts dropped by 5.8 percent last year compared to 2014, but the number of motorcycle and scooter theft increased by more than 5 percent, according to figures from the foundation for tackling vehicle crime AVc.
A drug-carrying car thief was arrested in Goes on Monday after a wild car chase. The 33 year old man from Etten-Leur was eventually tracked down by a police dog.
The number of car thefts was at an all time low in 2014. In the year 2000, 25 187 cars were reported stolen, last year there were only 10 712. That is a decrease of 57 percent. There was a decrease in theft of almost all vehicle types, with scooters being the only exception (1 percent increase)
On Wednesday morning around 01:00 a.m. the police arrested three teenagers for stealing a car.
In the last six months, car theft has dropped 4.4 percent compared to the same period last year, to a total of 5,492. The Anti-Car Theft Foundation (Stichting Aanpak Voertuigcriminaliteit) brings it down to the intensification of co-operation in the fight against car thieves, the NOS reports.
A 46-year old man was held by police yesterday in Koningsbosch. The man is being held on charges of car- and cargo theft as well as laundering, and handling stolen goods.