Criminal offences are offences in terms of the Penal Code and a number of special laws.
Figures for Zeeland region are not available for 2009. Also, for a number of regions the number of traffic offences are not available. In aid of a reliable comparison of figures for 2009 with previous years, the figures for Zeeland region and the traffic offence figures for all years have not been included in the calculations.
Since 2009 Statistics Netherlands no longer receives the figures on registered crime directly from the regional police forces, but from the national police information databank GIDS. On the basis of these figures, Statistics Netherlands has compiled a new series on registered crime from 2005 onwards. In this series, the offences are classified according to a new, more detailed classification of criminal offences.