Fewer Dutch people are feeling unsafe

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Feelings of unsafety among Dutch people are declining progressively. In 2012, 37 percent indicated that they occasionally felt unsafe in general terms, versus 32 percent in 2019. Feelings of unsafety in one’s own neighbourhood and elsewhere in the place of residence are also being reported less frequently. This is reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on the basis of the Safety Monitor 2019.

Occasionally feeling unsafe1)
 In general (%)In own neighbourhood (%)
1)No measurements were taken in 2018.

The share of residents aged 15 years and over who said they occasionally felt unsafe in their own neighbourhood in 2019 is less substantial than in previous years. Last year, 14 percent sometimes felt unsafe in their own neighbourhood, as against 16 percent in 2017 and 18 percent in 2012.

Also fewer unsafety feelings elsewhere in place of residence

Feelings of unsafety in the place of residence are strongest in places with loitering young people; last year, 36 percent of the Dutch population felt unsafe in such places. People feel least unsafe in their own house. This was reported by 6 percent.

Relative to two years previously, in most locations within the place of residence a smaller share reported feeling unsafe in 2019. Only in and around shopping areas and shopping centres has this share remained more or less the same. Compared to 2012, feelings of unsafety have become less prevalent in all locations.

Occasionally feeling unsafe in place of residence
Categorie2019 (%)2017 (%)2012 (%)
In places where groups of young people hang around35.938.844.4
Around nightlife19.921.725.4
At train station of residence14.916.519.6
In the centre of residence14.915.518.9
In shopping area / centre11.612.014.7
In public transport15.216.719.4
In own house6.57.68.9

Relatively high level of unsafety feelings among young people

Unsafety perceptions vary by age. The level of unsafety feelings is higher among 15 to 24-year-olds and 25 to 44-year-olds than among 45 to 64-year-olds and people aged 65 and over. For example, 40 percent of the young people aged 15 to 24 years express a general feeling of unsafety at times, while this share is 23 percent among the over-65s. This age gap is wider for the general feeling of unsafety than for unsafety feelings in one’s own neighbourhood.

In 2019, the level of unsafety feelings in the neighbourhood was lower among all age categories compared to 2012. The same applied to the general feeling of unsafety.

Occasionally feeling unsafe, by age, 2019
 15 to 24 yrs (%)25 to 44 yrs (%)45 to 64 yrs (%)65 yrs and over (%)
In general40.136.030.323.3
In neighbourhood16.915.613.812.2

More than half of young women sometimes feel unsafe

The share of women with unsafety feelings last year is larger than the share of men. Young women (15-24 years) in particular are more likely to have feelings of unsafety than their male peers. Over half (54 percent) of young women sometimes had a general feeling of unsafety, as against 26 percent of young men.