In 2016, the Dutch police registered nearly 930 thousand crimes, a decline of 5.1 percent on the previous year and 29 percent fewer registered crimes than in 2007. The decrease is seen in virtually all types of crime, with the sharpest decrease (by half) relative to 2007 in vandalism and public order offences. The largest category, i.e. property offences, saw a 21 percent decline. Since the middle of 2015, these have come to include crimes reported on the Internet fraud reporting website (Landelijk Meldpunt Internet Oplichting or LMIO).
Lower suspect rate as wellIn 2016, the police registered 270 thousand criminal suspects. This represents a decline by 11 percent on the previous year and by 46 percent relative to 2007. Last year there were 182 thousand individual suspects (as one suspect may have been registered multiple times within one year). Since 2007, registrations in juvenile delinquency have declined more rapidly than adult crime. Among the total of suspect registrations, 12 percent involved a minor, versus 20 percent in 2007.
Figures over 2016 are provisional; the definitive registered suspect rate is expected to be a higher figure, as a number of last year’s cases are still being solved in 2017. This will result in smaller differences with the numbers in 2015 and 2007 respectively.
Drop in number of disposed casesThe falling suspect rate is furthermore reflected in the number of cases which were disposed by OM and the judiciary in 2016. OM disposed 203 thousand cases last year, a 1 percent decline on the previous year and 28 percent fewer than in 2007. Meanwhile, courts of justice disposed 94 thousand cases in 2016, i.e. 11 percent fewer than in 2015 and a decline of 28 percent on 2007.
In the publication Crime and law enforcement, all available statistical information on crime and actions taken against crime by the police and the judiciary are brought together by WODC, CBS and the Council for the Judiciary, in collaboration with OM and the National Police. This publication is intended to serve as a statistical resource for a wider audience: for politicians, policymakers, the press and those working in science and education. The publication gives a description of developments over the period 2007–2016 and contains new analyses of figures which have partly been published previously. The underlying data are available as separate Excel files which further include pre-2007 data as well.