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.
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.
Amsterdam got 12th place on Mercer's annual list for the best city to live in. Vienna came in 1st place, the eighth year in a row that the Austrian capital topped the list, RTL Nieuws reports.
Consulting firm Mercer assessed the cities on quality of life by looking at factors such as infrastructure, healthcare, education and crime rate.
The crime rate in the Netherlands is much higher than the official figures reflect, according to a confidential report by the police and Public Prosecutor that newspaper Trouw has in its possession. According to the newspaper, the report speaks of the public authorities facing a looming "unbridgeable disadvantage".
Amsterdam was once again the most unsafe city in the Netherlands last year, according to Dutch newspaper AD's annual crime meter for 2015.
The National Police's budget had a "worrisome" deficit of a massive 72 million euros in 2015, according to the police's annual report
The Ministry of Security and Justice plans to close at least eight prisons and three juvenile detention centers in the next six years. Union FNV calls the 1,900 lost jobs accompanying this decision "unacceptable". "Last year State Secretary Fred Teeven that no new closures will follow. Van der Steur is breaking that promise with these announcements", union manager Frans Carbo said
Fewer Dutch people became the victims of crime in 2015. Last year 17.6 percent of the Netherlands' population was a victim of crime, compared to 18.9 percent in 2014. The crime rate was the worst in Amsterdam and the best in Emmen, according to the Safety Monitor 2015.
The Ministry of Security and Justice is launching a large-scale national investigation into what impact asylum seekers have on crime in their surroundings. The intention is to provide hard numbers, so that the asylum debate can be held based on facts, instead of emotions alone
The long drawn-out asylum procedure before asylum seekers find out whether they qualify for refugee status and a residency permit, put them at a disadvantage and threatens to turn them into an impoverished underclass dominated by unemployment and crime, warn the Justice Ministry's Research and Documentation center, the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau and the Scientific Council for Government Policy
The difference in crime rate between urban and rural areas continues to decrease. With the exception of Amsterdam, the proportion of city inhabitants that fell victim to crime last year is similar to other, less urbanized police regions.
The arrival of an asylum center in a neighborhood has no affect on the prices of surrounding homes, nor the time they spend on the market. The number of burglaries also do not increase more than the national trend.