The Ministry of Defense launched an experiment in which young people with petty crimes on their record are offered the chance of being in the Dutch armed forces. In this way the Ministry wants to give them a job, something that's often hard to find with a criminal record, and hopefully keep them from a life of crime
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.