The number of sex crimes the police registered last year decreased by 13 percent compared to 2018, according to an analysis of crime statistics released on Wednesday. The main categories of violent crime combined to show only a slight overall increase in 2019 when compared to the year before, even as there were large increases in categories like forced labor, muggings, and threats of violence.
Last year Victim Support helped nearly 172 thousand people in the Netherlands, the largest group of which were people in their twenties. The vast majority of people who sought help were victims of property- and violent crimes, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
The punishments judges in the Netherlands imposed last year were 11 percent higher than 20 years ago, according to a study by the Council for the Judiciary. Perpetrators of violent crimes and sex crimes in particular are punished more harshly, while drug crimes are punished less harshly.
The government is giving the Public Prosecution Service more money to hire more coordinators to support victims of violent crimes, Minster Sander Dekker for Legal Protection said in a letter to parliament. The number of these coordinators will eventually double from 40 to 80, NOS reports.
The coordinators assist victims and relatives through legal proceedings. They help victims make their wishes known in the criminal proceedings and they provide information about the rights that those involve have. They can also refer victims to Victim Support Netherlands if they need it.
The Attorney General of the Supreme Council wants to change the way DNA samples are taken from convicts. Currently the judiciary takes a DNA sample from everyone sentenced to four years or more in prison. According to the Attorney General, this puts privacy at stake. He suggests only taking DNA material from people convicted of serious violent or sexual offenses, NOS reports.
Police in the Netherlands will begin testing suspects held in violent crimes for drug and alcohol use beginning on Saturday when a new law authorizing the additional testing comes into effect. Before a suspect may be tested, police must already have suspicion that the offense was committed under the influence, the government stated.
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 police wiretapped the Emmen clubhouse of motorcycle gang No Surrender. Overheard conversations revealed that crimes were structurally committed in the building, including drug trafficking and assaults, Prosecutor Pieter van Rest revealed in a press conference about a raid on the clubhouse on Friday morning, AD reports.
The number of murders and manslaughters in the Netherlands dropped to 109 in 2016, according to Elsevier's annual murder list. That is the lowest number of killings since the list was started in 1992.
The record low number of murders does not match the public's idea of violent crimes in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier. "Assassinations get excessive attention in the media an the public therefore has the impression that everything is going wrong", the magazine writes.
Police officers are struggling with the police's new navigation system, especially when it comes to car pursuits or responding to a crime scene. Regular problems with wrong routes and freezing screens can result in dangerous situations, they complain according to RTL Nieuws.
Violent incidents involving automatic weapons are increasing in the Netherlands. As is the number of automatic weapons seized by the police - 225 last year, compared to 170 in 2013 and 215 in 2014
The Dutch police registered a total of 173,810 adults as suspects in some kind of crime last year, a 12 percent drop compared to 2014. That is the largest decline in the past decade, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan temporarily banned the woman injured in a shooting in front of her home in Rivierenbuurt last week, from entering the area. The mayor hopes that by keeping her away from the home she shares with her family on Oude IJselstraat, he can protect her and other local residents from more violence,
The Public Prosecution Service in the Netherlands is preparing a lawsuit to ban one or more motorcycle gangs in the country, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said on Monday. He did not mention which clubs are involved
Almost 90 percent of Dutch municipalities support a call on the government to allow experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation, was revealed in a vote at the association of Dutch municipalities VNG's annual conference on Wednesday.
The number of “serious incidents” on Amsterdam’s public transit system rose by nearly 24 percent in 2015 to 333. This was up from 269 a year earlier.
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 police arrested a 19 year old suspect in his home in Tilburg on Monday morning. He is being held on suspicion of involvement in the death of the woman whose body was found in an apartment on Bartokstraat on Sunday.
An unfortunate fall from a cliff is the likely cause of death of missing Dutch women Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon, according to investigators' latest research. The two women disappeared in April last year, and were last seen beginning a hike into the jungle near Boquete, Panama.
As many as 174 of the 475 mosques in the Netherlands were attacked by vandals over the last ten years, according to University ox Amsterdam researcher Ineke van der Valk. The statistic is dramatically different from the 1980s and 1990s, when you could count the number of abusive attacks on one hand, she told the Volkskrant.
A salt truck driver finishing up his shift in Roosendaal was robbed at knifepoint early Sunday morning. The driver had jumped out of his truck to unlock a pole meant to limit access to a driveway when three offenders jumped him demanding money.
Police have closed a stretch of the A27 highway after catching four armed robbers fleeing the scene of a jewelry store heist in Breda. At least three of the suspects are believed to have robbed the Shivani jeweler on Haagdijk nearly 45 kilometers south from where police caught up to them in Nieuwland, Zuid Holland.
Amsterdam Oost should be taken off the list of security risk areas by the city council's General Affairs Committee, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said. So far in 2013, violent crimes involving weapons in Oost has dropped by 29 percent compared to the same period a year ago.