A massive 100 thousand people turned out to watch the Canal Pride parade in Amsterdam on Saturday, the traditional highlight of the nine-day long Amsterdam Pride festival. The police arrested a total of 30 people, 13 for crimes the rest for less serious offenses like public drunkenness, the police said in a statement on Sunday.
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 Dutch police are calling on all King's Day celebrators to turn on the "Find My Phone" app on their smart phones, to make it easier for the police to track down pickpockets should a phone be stolen. Also make sure that you know the login details for the app, the police said in a statement.
As at previous large events, the Amsterdam police deployed a special team specifically for tracking down pickpockets. Should you fall victim to a pickpocket in Amsterdam and Amstelland today, the team is ready to help you track down and retrieve your phone.
Amsterdam is a top candidate to be the host city of EuroPride 2016 - the European wide gay pride festival. The Amsterdam Gay Pride canal parade took place on Saturday, with 80 boats participating. The municipality called the event the "most visited in years", and in certain places the police even had to tell people to go somewhere else to watch the parade because it was too busy.
The police arrested a man with 16 stolen phones in his possession at a dance event in Amsterdam on Saturday night.
Amsterdam in 2014 saw a significant drop in muggings, pickpocketing and robberies but an increase in underworld-related assassinations and violent deaths, reveal figures released on Monday by the municipality.