A rapidly increasing number of Dutch neighborhoods have neighborhood watch groups or apps, partly because municipalities encourage this. The problem is that the same municipalities that encourage preventative measures in neighborhoods, hardly keep an eye on what the neighborhood watch groups are doing. This regularly cause problems, researcher Vasco Lub said to NOS after reports in NRC.
Police union ACP is worried that some of the neighborhood watch groups in the Netherlands are taking on a threatening gang-like character, vice president Erwin Koenen said to ANP. Using violence is the "monopoly of the police", and such groups undermine that, he said.
Right-wing neighborhood watch group Soldiers of Odin (SOO) announced on Facebook that the turned a criminal asylum seeker over to the police in Groningen on Sunday. The police responded to a report and found a beaten up man at the scene. So far no arrests were made.
The Ede police warned action group Identitair Verzet to stay out of problem neighborhood Veldhuizen. Neighborhood patrols will not be tolerated there because it will violate the ban on assembly
Following a burglary that cost the life of the 73-year-old victim, Friday evening, 25 police officers will conduct a neighborhood investigation today in Westenholte in Zwolle. The victim died Saturday from the injuries she sustained when she came face to face with the burglar.