Further drop in crime suspect rates

01/03/2018 15:00
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In 2017, again fewer crime suspects were registered by the police than in the previous year. There was a decrease of 11 percent. Since 2012, the number of suspects has dropped by nearly one-third to 170 thousand. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on new figures related to crime recorded by the police.

The data for total registered crime last year involved 147 underage suspects and 208 adult suspects under the age of 25 per ten thousand inhabitants of the same age ending up on the police radar. The number of younger suspects (under the age of 25) per ten thousand inhabitants has dropped by more than 40 percent since 2012. The number of suspects per inhabitant aged 25 and over has fallen by more than 30 percent.

In 2012, most suspects were 19 years old; this was 18 years in 2017. Last year, the police registered 234 suspects per ten thousand 18-year-olds.

Slightly fewer shoplifting and pickpocket suspects

Between 2012 and 2017, the suspect rate relating to drug and property offences fell less rapidly than the overall suspect rate, which declined by 33 percent. The number of suspects of violent and damage crimes and crimes against public order decreased faster. The suspect rate relating to property offences saw the smallest decline: 27 percent. Among crimes against public order, the number of pickpocket and shoplifting suspects dropped by 11 and 8 percent respectively as of 2012. The number of registered pickpocketing crimes decreased by 44 percent between 2012 and 2017.

Most suspects per inhabitant in The Hague

Relative to the total number of inhabitants, most crime suspects resided in The Hague; 175 suspects per ten thousand residents were registered by the police. The city also had the highest crime suspect rate in 2012. Rotterdam takes up second place and Amsterdam eighth place in terms of the relative number of suspects per inhabitant. The top ten is completed by the municipalities of Lelystad, Almere, Leeuwarden, Arnhem, Vlissingen, Heerlen and Helmond. Out of the four major cities, Utrecht registered the lowest crime rate. There were 37 municipalities with more suspects per ten thousand inhabitants.

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