Security and justice

Security and justice

Fire service attending to more non-fire incidents

In 2019, the control room of The Netherlands Fire Service processed 238 thousand reported incidents, i.e. 3 percent less than in the previous year. The number of reports and call-outs was up for both fire and non-fire incidents.

Fewer Dutch people are feeling unsafe

Feelings of unsafety among Dutch people are declining progressively. In 2012, 37 percent indicated that they felt unsafe occasionally in general terms, versus 32 percent in 2019.

Slightly fewer asylum seekers and following relatives

In 2019, the Netherlands received 22.5 thousand asylum seekers and 4.2 thousand following family members. The total is marginally lower than in 2018. Syrians and Eritreans still constitute the largest two groups.

Girls more likely to be harassed, stalked online

5.3 percent of 12 to 24-year-old internet users report that they were bullied, stalked or threatened online in 2018. Over 140 thousand young people were affected.

Methodology social tensions and emotions in society

The indicators were developed using publicly available posts by Dutch users on sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Other sources were also used, such as public Dutch news websites, forums and blogs.

Defence expenditure 1.2 percent of GDP in 2018

In 2018 defence expenditure expressed as a percentage of GDP amounted to 1.2 percent. Government expenditure on defecen rose by over 0.5 billion to 9.1 billion euros.

Thefts along the coast peak in summertime

On the coast, minor property crimes are more frequent during the summer compared to the rest of the year. Over one-quarter of the pickpocketing cases which were registered in coastal areas during the period 2016-2018 occurred in July and August.

1.2 million cybercrime victims

In 2018, 8.5 percent of Dutch internet users aged 12 and over indicated they had fallen victim to computer-oriented crime in the previous twelve months.

6 in 10 status holders pass civic integration exam

Of the asylum seekers who obtained a residence permit in 2014 and were subject to the integration requirement, 58 percent had passed the civic integration exam on reference date 1 October 2018. Two percent of the status holders had exceeded the three-year integration term.

Fewer asylum seekers and following relatives in Q1

In Q1 2019, the Netherlands received 5,405 asylum seekers and 840 following family members. Both numbers were lower than in the preceding quarter.

Hot summer created more work for fire services

The Netherlands Fire Service control rooms received 245 thousand reports in 2018, 12 percent more than in 2017.

Fewer women than men fall victim to violence

In 2017, 1.7% of women aged 15 years or older said they had been the victim of one or more violent crimes, against 2.5% of men. Intimidation is the most common crime among both sexes. Women report twice as often than their male peers that they have fallen victim to a sexual offence.

Small companies less affected by cyber attacks

Small enterprises are less likely to fall victim to cyber attacks than large enterprises.

Less neighbourhood nuisance on Statia in 2013-2018

In 2018, 46 percent of the inhabitants of St Eustatius experienced nuisance in their own neighbourhood, versus as much as 86 percent in 2013.

Mobile phones less often secure than computers

Mobile phone users indicate they are less likely to have security software installed on their device than computer users.

More murder and manslaughter victims in 2017

In 2017 there were 158 victims of murder and manslaughter in the Netherlands, including 112 men and 46 women. There were 108 victims in 2016.

Further increase in number of Turkish asylum seekers

The number of asylum seekers and following family members from Turkey rose from 185 to 330 between Q1 and Q2 2018. They represented the third largest group, after Syrians and Eritreans.

Rude behaviour mainly experienced by young women

In 2017, disrespectful behaviour was encountered relatively most often by women between the ages of 18 to 24 years

Over 2 thousand invited refugees in 2017

In 2017, the Netherlands welcomed more than 2,265 invited refugees. Many of these refugees were able to settle in the Netherlands as part of the EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March 2016.

Well-being not distributed equally

Highly educated people often have a higher level of well-being than lower educated people but are more often victims of crime.

133 thousand security employees in 2016

Of all employed persons in 2016, 1.6 percent (133 thousand persons) were security employees.

11 percent of asylum status holders in work

Out of the asylum seekers who obtained a residence permit in 2014, 11 percent were in work after 30 months; 84 percent of status holders were benefit recipients.

Drop in recorded and encountered crime

In 2017, 23% fewer crime victims than in 2012. Police recorded crime per inhabitant dropped by 30%.

Further drop in crime suspect rates

In 2017, fewer crime suspects were registered by the police than in 2016: a decrease of 11 percent.

Number of asylum seekers and relatives almost equal

The Netherlands received 16,145 first asylum requests in 2017; 14,490 following family members arrived

More asylum seekers than following relatives in Q3

The Netherlands received 4.4 thousand asylum seekers and 2.3 thousand following relatives in Q3 2017.

Further drop in registered crime and suspect rates

The crime rate has fallen since 2007: fewer registrations, suspects, criminal court cases and victims.

Three-quarters of cybercrime cases not reported

In 2016, around one-quarter of all cybercrime cases was reported. This number is lower than four years previously.

One in five businesses fall victim to cybercrime

Over 20 percent of businesses had to deal with the consequences of cyber attacks in 2016.

Fewer bankruptcies in July

There were 34 fewer bankruptcies in July than in June 2017.

Most Syrian asylum seekers have housing

Many Syrians and Eritreans have a residence permit and housing, but most depend on social welfare.

Following family members outnumber asylum seekers in Q1

In Jan-Mar 2017, 4 thousand asylum seekers and 5.3 thousand following family members arrived in the Netherlands.

Fewer asylum requests by unaccompanied minors in 2016

In 2016, one in five underage asylum seekers travelled unaccompanied. The majority came from Eritrea.

2.7 thousand asylum requests in January

There were fewer asylum applicants and following relatives of asylum statusholders in January 2017.

3.9 thousand asylum seekers and relatives in November

November had more asylum requests by relatives and slightly fewer first-time applications than in October.

Migration background still plays a role

The Annual Report on Integration 2016 gives an overview of various population groups with a migrant background.

October: 3.5 thousand asylum seekers and relatives

3.5 thousand asylum seekers and relatives registered in October of whom 390 from Morocco and 270 from Algeria.

Over 3 thousand asylum seekers and following relatives

In September 2016 more than 3 thousand asylum seekers and following relatives arrived in the Netherlands.

2,385 asylum seekers and following relatives in August

In August this year 2,385 asylum seekers and following relatives were registered in the Netherlands.

Fewer asylum seekers compared to 2014 and 2015

In total 2,085 people registered as asylum seekers or following family members in the Netherlands in July.

Fewer bankruptcies

The number of bankruptcies decreased by 16 in July 2016 relative to June.

June: 1,480 asylum seekers and following relatives

in June this year 1,480 asylum seekers and following family members were registered in the Netherlands.

One in five underage asylum seekers unaccompanied

One in five underage asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands last year were not accompanied by an adult relative.

Half as many asylum seekers in May as one year ago

In May 2016, 1,420 asylum seekers were registered, slightly more than in April but less than in May last year.

Fewer asylum seekers, different nationalities

In March this year 1,675 individuals were registered as asylum seekers or family members

Fewer requests for asylum submitted

In February 2016 nearly 2,500 individuals were registered as asylum seekers or as following family members.

More bankruptcies

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies increased by 82 in February 2016 relative to January 2015. Over the past six months the number of bankruptcies has increased almost continuously. Most bankruptcies were filed in the trade sector.

More alarm call-outs fire services in 2015

In 2015, fire station control rooms received a total of 234 thousand reports of incident, slightly more than in 2014. Over half of these cases were fire emergencies, the other calls were requests for assistance. The frequency of fire alarm call-outs by control rooms went up by 14 percent over 2015.

Fewer bankruptcies

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that - after four months of increase - the number of bankruptcies fell by 27 in January 2016 relative to December 2015. Most bankruptcies were filed in the trade sector.

Twice as many asylum seekers and following family members in 2015 as in 2014

In 2015 a total of 56.9 thousand asylum seekers and following family members applying to be reunited with their families were registered in the Netherlands.

Number of bankruptcies hardly changes

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies rose by 1 in November 2015 relative to October. Most bankruptcies were filed in the trade sector.

Spending on security slightly down in 2014

In 2014, total spending on security in the Netherlands amounted to approximately 13 billion euros. Security expenditure increased up until 2012 inclusive but showed a slight decline after that. Average spending per capita last year was slightly over 750 euros.

Nearly 12 thousand asylum requests in October

In October 2015, the number of newly registered asylum seekers and family members joining asylum seekers increased to 11.7 thousand, more than in any other previous month. The total in September was 8.4 thousand. Over half came from Syria.

Lowest number of bankruptcies in 7 years

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that, adjusted for court session days, the number of bankruptcies, declined by 7 in September 2015 relative to August, thus reaching the lowest level since October 2008. The downward trend in bankruptcies continues.

Lowest number of bankruptcies in almost 7 years

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies, adjusted for the number of court session days, declined by 113 in August 2015 from July. The number of bankruptcies is at its lowest level since October 2008.

number of bankruptcies stable

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of bankruptcies, adjusted for the number of court session days, was approximately the same in July 2015 as in June.

number of bankruptcies continues to fall

According to Statistics Netherlands, the number of bankruptcies of businesses and institutions corrected for the number of court session days in June 2015 was down 35 from May.

bankruptcies fall to 6.5-year low

According to Statistics Netherlands, 370 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in May this year, i.e. 84 down from the preceding month.

Last year's inflow asylum seekers into EU more than 40 percent up from 2013

In 2014, the number of asylum seekers in the European Union increased by more than 40 percent relative to 2013. In the Netherlands, nearly 22 thousand people submitted requests for asylum, more than twice as many as in 2013.

lowest number of bankruptcies in four years

According to Statistics Netherlands, 446 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in April this year, i.e. 198 less than in the preceding month.

more bankruptcies in March, mainly due to extra court session day

According to Statistics Netherlands, 614 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in March this year, i.e. 134 more than in the preceding month.

Growing number of over-45s involved in debt restructuring procedures

More and more individuals aged 45 and older are involved in debt restructuring procedures, whereas the number of under-45s involved in debt restructuring procedures is declining. Divorce and loss of income are the two most common reasons why people are admitted in court-ordered debt repayment schemes. Older age categories more often than younger people have to deal with this situation, as Statistics Netherlands announced today.

1 in 10 crime suspects is a foreigner without fixed abode

In 2013 nearly one in five registered crime suspects was a foreigner. Over half of this group, one in ten crime suspects, had no fixed abode within the Netherlands. They were tourists, seasonal labourers, illegal residents and traveling criminal gangs. There has been a sharp increase in the number of Eastern Eur0pean suspects since 2007.

Number of bankruptcies fairly stable

According to Statistics Netherlands, 534 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in October 2014. The number of bankruptcies was about the same as in September, despite the fact that October had one court session day less than September.

Fewer women receive alimony, lower amounts involved

On average, a woman who got divorced in 2013 and was entitled to alimony received 980 euros a month. This so-called partner alimony has decreased marginally since 2009. In the period 2001–2009, the partner alimony amount was raised substantially each year.

More bankruptcies due to extra court session day

According to Statistics Netherlands, 524 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in September 2014, 59 more than in the preceding month. The increase was caused by the fact that September had one court session day more than August.

More residents living in fear of having their homes broken into

More than one in ten people in the Netherlands think the risk of having their homes broken into is (very) high. The share has risen in recent years, in particular among people living in rural areas and over-65s. Yet, these groups are the least afraid burglary. The increase is remarkable, because the amount of victims of (attempted) burglary has barely risen.

More bankruptcies due to extra court session day in July

According to Statistics Netherlands, 621 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in July 2014, i.e. nearly 160 more than in the preceding month.

Largest  number of asylum seekers since first half of 2001

The number of asylum requests has grown dramatically in recent months. In the first six months of 2014, twice as many asylum seekers came to the Netherlands as in the same period last year. In fact, it is the highest number since the first half of 2001.

Robust growth trade with emerging markets

For many years, the growth rate of the value of goods exported to fast-growing economies has been higher than the growth rate of exports to Europe, but the share of European countries in total Dutch exports remains much larger than the share of exports to emerging markets.

People in the south of the Netherlands more active in crime prevention

Residents of the south part of the Netherlands are more active in crime prevention than people living elsewhere. They look better after their possessions and their homes are better protected. People in the south feel less safe at home than people living in other regions.

Bankruptcy rate substantially down

According to Statistics Netherlands, 464 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in June 2013, i.e. 88 fewer than in May 2014 and the lowest number in three years.

Inhabitants of the Caribbean Netherlands usually feel safe

In 2013, more than 25 per cent of the population in the Caribbean Netherlands felt sometimes unsafe. Half of the population is of the opinion that there is no crime and 40 per cent that there is little crime in their own neighbourhood.

Most nuisance caused by loitering teens

One in ten Dutch people indicated they are bothered by loitering teens, drunks and/or other forms of social nuisance in their neighbourhood. Loitering teens were seen as the greatest nuisance, particularly in the larger Dutch cities.

Fewer businesses and institutions bankrupt

In May this year, 551 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 165 fewer than in April 2014. The drop in the number of bankruptcies is partly due to the extra day courts were in session in April.

More internet fraud, less skimming

The number of victims of online shopping fraud has risen last year relative to 2012. The number of bank, cash and credit card skimming crimes declined. Few victims of this type of criminal offence bothered to notify the police.

Fewer young crime suspects

In 2012, 66 thousand young people in the age category 12-24 were arrested on suspicion of having committed at least one criminal offence, i.e. a reduction by nearly one third relative to 2007. The most substantial reduction occurred among underage suspects. Proportionally, most young people arrested by the police are living in the major cities.

More businesses and institutions bankrupt

In April this year, 700 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 174 up from March 2014.

Fewer businesses and institutions bankrupt

In March this year, 521 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 100 down from February 2014. The number of bankruptcies was reduced by more than one quarter relative to March 2013.

Number of new restructured debts further down

Last year, 12.3 thousand persons were admitted by the court to debt restructuring schemes, a decrease by 10 percent from 2012. They were mainly private individuals. After several years of growth, the number of debt restructuring arrangements has been in decline since 2012.

Number of registered thefts further down in 2013

In 2013, the police registered 640 thousand thefts, i.e. 38 per thousand residents.

606 businesses and institutions bankrupt in February

In February this year, 606 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 11 more than in January.

Number of crime victims stable

In 2013, one in five residents aged 15 years and older indicated they had been victims of common crime (violent crimes, crimes against property and vandalism) during the past year. The proportion was the same as in 2012. In recent years, the number of victims has fallen marginally, as the annually published Safety Monitor, a joint publication by Statistics Netherlands, the Ministry of Security and Justice, the National Police Force and municipalities shows. The Safety Monitor deals with citizens’ experiences and perceptions with respect safety rather than with the registration of crime by the police.

589 bankruptcies in January

In January 2014, 589 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 6 fewer than in December 2013.

Considerable increase asylum seekers from Syria and Somalia

Last year, 14.4 thousand asylum seekers came to the Netherlands, nearly 5 thousand more than in 2012. Among the asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands in 2013 were more Syrians and Somali women and children, but the number is relatively low compared to the 1990s.

Bankruptcies soar to record level in 2013

Last year, 12,306 bankruptcies were filed; 10 percent more than in 2012. This is the highest number since bankruptcies were first tracked in 1951, but the increase was smaller in the latter half of 2013 than in the first half, as the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands show.

595 bankruptcies in December

In December last year, 595 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 13 more than in November.

Number of civil court cases down

In 2012, Dutch civil courts dealt with nearly 1.1 million new cases, i.e. a decrease by 75 thousand relative to record year 2010. The number of summons cases declined notably.

Number of bankruptcies down in November

In November this year, 576 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, the lowest level so far in 2013.

Fewer alarm call-outs fire services last year

In 2012, the number of fire alarms and the number of requests for assistance were down relative to 2011. The average call-out response time remained the same.

Security costs 780 euros per person

Spending on crime prevention and fighting crime, corruption and harassment topped 13 billion euros in 2012. This comes to 780 euros per person. Spending on security has been about the same since 2009.

743 businesses and institutions bankrupt in October

In October this year, 743 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. 147 more than in September when the number of bankruptcies reached the lowest level so far in 2013.

Three percent of online buyers and sellers victims of fraud

In 2012, 3 percent of the Dutch population aged 15 years or older reported that they had been a victim of online fraud when buying or selling goods or services online. This is the equivalent of nearly 370 thousand people. Young people and people with intermediate and higher education levels were especially likely to be casualties of fraud when trading online.

Number of bankruptcies marginally down

In September this year, 595 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, fewer than in August and the lowest number of bankruptcies so far in 2013, although still 7 percent up from September 2012.

More than 200 thousand victims of skimming or phishing

Last year, 1.5 percent in the Dutch population aged 15 years and older (more than 200 thousand individuals) fell victim to identity fraud while using ticket machines, cash dispensers or browsing the internet.

More than 600 bankruptcies

In August this year, 608 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, the lowest level in 2013 so far, although the number of bankruptcies was 19 percent up from August 2012.

About 500 refugees annually invited by Dutch government

Approximately 500 refugees are invited each by the government to settle in the Netherlands. Over the past half decade, many refugees have arrived from countries like Iraq, Myanmar and Ethiopia.

Number of bankruptcies still high

In July this year, 779 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. an increase by more than 100 relative to June.

One in ten young people bullied online

In 2012 over 10 percent of the 15 to 18 year-olds were bullied online. Slander and malicious gossip are most common, followed by stalking, threat and blackmail. Most victims do not report this to the police or other authorities.

672 bankruptcies in June

In June this year, 672 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt. The number is considerably lower than in May.

Record number of bankruptcies in first six months of 2013

In the first six months of 2013, a record number of corporate and institutional bankruptcies were filed. According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 4 in every 10 bankruptcies were recorded in the sectors construction or trade.

Registered crime down in 2012

Dutch police recorded 5 percent fewer criminal offences in 2012 than in 2011. Registered crime in the Netherlands has been showing a downward trend for a number of years now. However, the number of housebreaking and pickpocketing offences did rise again.

Homosexuals feel less safe and are more often victims of crime

Homosexual men and women feel less safe than heterosexuals. They are also more often the victims of common crime and experience more disrespectful treatment.

Number of bankruptcies exceptionally high

In May, 796 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt. This is the highest number since the time series started, in 1981.

Number of bankruptcies marginally down

In April this year, 682 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, a decrease by 28 from March.

One quarter of young people victims of crime

Approximately one quarter of young people became victims of crime in 2012. Young men are more often victims of violent crimes than young women.

Fewer debt management plans in 2012

Last year, 13.8 thousand debt management plans were imposed by Dutch courts. After two years of dramatic increase, the number declined marginally in 2012. Three quarters of DMPs concluded in 2012 ended debt free.

Many bankruptcies

In March this year, 709 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. 50 down from February, when the number of bankruptcies was at an all-time high.

Number of bankruptcies skyrocketing

In February this year, 755 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. This is the highest monthly number ever recorded.

One in eight people affected by cybercrime

In 2012 just over one in eight Dutch people aged 15 years or older reported that in the preceding twelve months they had been the victim of cybercrime such computer hacking and online bullying.

Fewer young crime suspects

According to the police, 262 thousand persons were once or more than once suspected of criminal activities in 2011, a decline by 20 percent relative to 2007. The crime rate fell noticeably among native Dutch and young people.

Influx of unaccompanied foreign minors to the Netherlands slows down

In 2011, 500 unaccompanied foreign minors arrived in the Netherlands, i.e. 200 down from 2010. More than half were Afghan nationals.

Nearly 40 thousand children placed under supervision or guardianship

By the end of September last year, the parents of nearly 40 thousand under age youths – more than one and a half times as many as a decade ago – were (partly) deprived of parental authority.

Number of bankruptcies continues to rise

In January this year, 715 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies remains high.

Record number of bankruptcies in 2012

An unprecedented total of 11,235 businesses and natural persons were declared bankrupt last year, an increase by 18 percent relative to 2011.

552 businesses and institutions bankrupt in December

In December 2012, 552 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, versus 581 in November.

564 businesses and institutions bankrupt

In November, 564 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, as against 698 in October. In the first eleven months of this year, 6,804 businesses and institutions went bankrupt, i.e. an increase by more than 20 percent relative to the first eleven months of 2011.

Dutch public slightly more satisfied with police

The Dutch public were more positive about the police in the municipality where they lived in 2011. People were more satisfied than in 2010 in terms of their contact with the police as well as how the police functioned. Their opinions on the availability of the police also improved, both in cities and in more rural areas.

More cases for administrative law judges in 2011

Administrative law judges in the Netherlands disposed of 5 percent more cases in 2011 than in 2010. In one in five cases the judge awarded in favour of the plaintiff. One in three cases were withdrawn before the judge delivered a verdict.

Number of bankruptcies exceptionally high

In October, 703 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 150 more than in September.

Fewer Dutch people experience disrespectful behaviour

Fewer and fewer people in the Netherlands encounter disrespectful behaviour. Discourteous attitudes among shop staff and public employees in particular have decreased

More children of unmarried parents officially acknowledged by fathers

Babies born to unmarried couples are increasingly being officially acknowledged by their fathers in the year they are born. Nine in ten babies born to unmarried parents in 2011 were acknowledged in the same year. The number of paternity acknowledgments has also risen substantially, mainly because more and more children are born outside marriage.

Partner alimony less common, but higher amounts paid

In 2011 the courts ordered partner alimony payments in almost one in six divorces. This is slightly less than a decade ago, but the amounts involved are higher. There has not been much change in child alimony during this period.

Fewer minors suspected of crimes

In 2011 372 thousand crime suspects were registered. That was nearly 3 percent less than the year before.

Crime victims feel unsafe for a long time

Victims of frequently occurring crimes feel less safe than non-victims for a number of years. Victims also avoid unsafe locations more than non-victims. In addition, more of them think they will be a victim again than non-victims.

More than 550 businesses and institutions bankrupt

In September, 553 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 40 more than in August. The number of bankruptcies was also slightly higher than in September 2011, when 527 businesses and institutions were declared bankrupt.

More than 500 businesses bankrupt in August

In August, 507 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 220 fewer than in July.

Number of bankruptcies exceptionally high

In July, 725 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, an exceptionally high number on a monthly basis. The number of bankruptcies has soared in the first seven months of 2012.

Wide public support for the police

The public at large supports the way in which the police operate, but this does not imply that Dutch citizens blindly obey the police and always support police actions and follow their instructions.

Theft or burglary account for half of registered crime

The police registered 1.19 million crimes last year, about as many as in 2010. More than half were thefts or burglaries.

Many bankruptcies

In June, 610 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. Over the first six months of 2012, the number of bankruptcies soared.

681 bankruptcies in May

In May, 681 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, as against 594 in April.

Number of child adoptions back at level of the 1960s

Last year, 560 children (the lowest number since 1965) were adopted in the Netherlands versus 720 in 2010.

Dutch think level of decay in their own neighbourhood is acceptable

In recent years, fewer people were annoyed by graffiti on walls and buildings, vandalised bus and tram shelters and dog droppings in their neighbourhood. The decline was observed in urban as well as rural areas.

Adoption partner's child mainly occurs in female same-sex couples

The number of child adoptions by partners is nearly four times as high as in 2000. This is predominantly due to so-called partner adoptions in female same-sex couples.

615 bankruptcies in March

In March, 615 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt versus 622 in February.

Sustained increase restructured debts

Last year, 15 thousand court orders for debt repayment were pronounced, an increase by nearly 30 percent relative to 2010. The increase recorded since mid-2009 continues rapidly.

610 bankruptcies in February

In February this year, 610 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. 70 fewer than in January.

Fewer asylum seekers in 2011

Last year, 11.6 thousand people submitted requests for asylum in the Netherlands, 13 percent fewer than in 2010.

People feel less unsafe

The proportion of Dutch aged 15 years and older who occasionally felt unsafe in 2011 was marginally lower than one year previously. The proportion who reported they had been victims of common crime hardly changed last year.

Number of bankruptcies rocketing

In January this year, 680 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, an increase by more than 160 relative to December last year.

Over 9.5 thousand bankruptcies filed in 2011

According to the latest figures 9,531 bankruptcies were filed last year, approximately as many as in 2010.

519 bankruptcies in December

In December 2011, 519 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decline by 114 relative to November.

Fewer bankruptcies

In December 2011, 520 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decline by 113 relative to November.

Bankruptcies rising

In November 2011, 633 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 108 more than in October.

Young people without basic qualification relatively often heard by the police

Young people without basic qualification are much more often heard by the police than those who have graduated from secondary vocational education level 2 (mbo-2) or higher. Unemployed school drop-outs in particular are relatively often heard by the police.

Bankruptcies rising

In November 2011, 610 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 85 more than in October.

Fewer people appeal to subsidised legal aid
525 bankruptcies

In October 2011, 525 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, approximately the same number as in September.

Fewer fires, more emergency call-outs in 2010

Nearly 41 thousand fires were registered last year; 23 thousand were outside fires. The number of outside fires has not been this low since the late 1980s.

Slightly more bankruptcies in September

In September 2011, 529 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, approximately 30 more than in August.

Slightly more bankruptcies in September

In September 2011, 530 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, approximately 30 more than in August.

More than 500 bankruptcies in August

In August this year, 504 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, approximately 40 more than in July. The number of bankruptcies remained stable relative to August 2010.

More than 500 bankruptcies in August

In August this year, 510 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 50 more than in July.

No increase asylum seekers from Arab countries to the Netherlands

Political and social upheaval in the Arab region have lead to 7.6 thousand asylum applications in the first four months of this year in the countries of the European Union (EU), nearly twice as many as in the same period in 2010, when 4 thousand asylum applications were submitted. The number of asylum seekers did not increase in the Netherlands.

Number of adopted children reduced by half since 2004

Last year, 672 children were adopted by Dutch parents, approximately as many as in 2009, but considerably fewer than in record year 2004, when 1,378 children were adopted.

Slightly more bankruptcies

In July this year, 460 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, slightly more than in June.

Surge in bankruptcies in sector hotels and restaurants

In the first six months of this year, 3 thousand businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, a decline by 7 percent relative to the same period last year. The number of company bankruptcies was reduced in nearly all sectors.

Fewer compulsory redundancies in 2010

In 2010, 105 thousand people in the Netherlands were made redundant. The number of compulsory redundancies was higher in 2009, at 122 thousand.

Fewer bankruptcies

In June this year, 437 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 121 fewer than in May.

Fewer bankruptcies

In June this year, 440 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 117 less than in May.

More bankruptcies

In May this year, 557 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 114 more than in April.

More bankruptcies

In May this year, 560 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, 117 more than in April.

Fewer bankruptcies

In April this year, 443 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 100 fewer than in March.

Residents positive about neighbourhood safety

On average, the Dutch evaluate the safety of their neighbourhood as quite satisfactory.

Fewer bankruptcies

In April this year, 445 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 100 fewer than in March.

540 bankruptcies filed in March

In March, 540 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 20 more than in February.

Police investigation more expensive, fewer crimes solved

The police spent more than 2.4 billion euro in 2009 on investigation activities, i.e. an increase by 12 percent relative to 2005. The police registered a 7 percent increase in offences from 2005, but the number of crimes solved by the police in 2009 dropped by 5 percent.

Dutch fire services respond quicker to fire alarms

The departure time of Dutch fire services has improved further in 2009. On average, it takes 5 minutes for fire engines to leave the station after a fire alarm has been received.

Sustained increase DMPs

Last year, the number of debt management plans (DMPs) imposed by Dutch courts has grown by more than a quarter relative to 2009. The number of DMPs increased markedly in the fourth quarter of 2010.

535 bankruptcies filed in February

In February, 535 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 50 more than in January.

Crime rate marginally down

The proportion of Dutch aged 15 years and older who report to have beenvictims of common crimes like vandalism, violence and property offences hasbeen reduced marginally last year to just over 25 percent, more or less thesame proportion as in 2008.

Fewer asylum seekers in 2010

Last year, 13.3 thousand asylum applications were submitted in the Netherlands, i.e. a decline by 11 percent relative to 2009. The top 3 of countries of origin of asylum seekers has not changed relative to 2009.

490 bankruptcies filed in January

In January this year, 490 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt.

Amount spent on security care significantly higher

Nearly 12.5 billion euro, i.e. 2.2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) was spent on prevention and combat of crime, urban decay and inconvenience in 2009, an increase by 4 percent relative to 2008.

Fewer bankruptcies

In December last year, 435 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies in December was considerably lower than in November, when 579 bankruptcies were filed. In October and November, the number of bankruptcies had still increased.

More than 55 thousand children adopted since 1956

Since the introduction of adoption legislation in 1956, more than 55 thousand children have been adopted in the Netherlands.

Number of bankruptcies increases

In November 2010, 580 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies is quite a lot higher than in October, when 537 business and institutions went bankrupt.

More bankruptcies

In October 2010, 535 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies is considerably higher than in September, when 458 business and institutions went bankrupt.

Most crimes not reported to the police

Most crimes experienced by the Dutch population are not reported to the police. Victims report only about a third of offences to the police and only a quarter are actually officially recorded.

Number of bankruptcies drops considerably

In September this year, 450 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decrease by 60 relative to August.

Number of bankruptcies marginally up

In August this year, 530 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, an increase by 25 relative to July. The number of bankruptcies was more than 10 higher than in August 2009.

Number of divorces temporarily down in 2009

Last year, 31.7 thousand marriages were dissolved in Dutch courts, slightly fewer than in 2008, when 32.9 divorces were legally terminated. The decrease appears to be temporary as the number of divorces increased again over the first six months of 2010.

Sustained increase debt management plans

The number of court-ordered debt restructuring schemes pronounced in accordance with the Act on Debt Management Natural Persons was 20 percent higher in the first half of 2010 than in the first half of 2009.

Fewer bankruptcy declarations in first six months of 2010

Over the first six months of 2010, the number of bankruptcy declarations dropped by 6.7 percent relative to the same period in 2009. The number of private individuals and one-man businesses declared bankrupt declined by 5 percent and the number of companies and institutions declared bankrupt declined by 7.5 percent relative to one year previously. Altogether, nearly 1.8 thousand private individuals and one-man businesses and more than 3.2 thousand companies and institutions went bankrupt.

Feelings of insecurity most widespread among residents of the four major cities

Residents of the four major cities in the Netherlands are least likely to feel safe in their own neighbourhood. City centres in particular make people feel uneasy.

500 bankruptcies in July

In July this year, 500 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decrease by nearly 170 relative to June.

635 bankruptcies in June

In June this year, 635 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, an increase by more than 230 relative to May.

Registered crime remains at same level

Dutch police forces recorded more than 1 million criminal offences in 2009. This puts registered crime at the same level as in the previous year.

One in five cases of sexual harassment occur in the workplace

In 2009, one in every forty women were subject to unwelcome sexual advances; 20 percent occurred in the workplace. Only 10 percent were reported to the police.

Number of bankruptcies drops significantly

In May this year, 420 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, a decline by more than 70 relative to April. May is the second month in a row to show a significant decline in bankruptcies.

Fewer and fewer requests for amnesty

Nearly 2 thousand people convicted of a criminal offence in the Netherlands applied for amnesty in 2009. This is half the number who applied ten years ago.

485 bankruptcies in April

In April this year, 485 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt.

Number of crime victims stable, more cases of vandalism

Last year, the Dutch population aged 15 years and older faced 6.3 million offences, an increase by 0.4 million relative to the preceding year.

Number of adopted children nearly reduced by half

In recent years, fewer children were adopted in the Netherlands. Over the period 2004-2008, the number of adoptions was almost reduced by half.

Marginal increase bankruptcies

In March this year, 640 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, i.e. an increase by more than 70 compared to the preceding month.

Civil court judges hear one million cases

Although the media and the public are mostly interested in criminal court cases, the number of cases heard by civil court judges is much higher. Dutch civil courts handled 1 million cases in 2008, more than 1.5 times as many as in 2001.

560 bankruptcies

In February this year, 560 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies increased by more than 70 compared to January.

Number of debt management plans rising again

The number of debt management plans imposed by Dutch courts was 19 percent higher in the fourth quarter of last year than twelve months previously.

Record number of bankruptcies in 2009

More than 10.5 thousand bankruptcies were filed in 2009, the highest number ever in the span of one year. The bankruptcy rate was particularly high in the first six months of 2009. Overall, the bankruptcy rate was 54 percent higher than in 2008, when 6.8 thousand bankruptcies were registered.

Number of bankruptcies down in January 2010

In January 2010, 480 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies was reduced by nearly 70 relative to December 2009.

Most asylum seekers come from Iraq and Somalia

Last year, nearly 15 thousand first-time requests for asylum were submitted in the Netherlands, an increase by 11 percent relative to 2008. More than half of asylum seekers came from Iraq or Somalia.

Spending on security growing faster than GDP

Spending on security governance in the Netherlands rose by more than 6 percent per year on average in the period 2002-2008. This was nearly one and a half times the growth rate of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the same period.

Number of bankruptcies slightly down in December

In December 2009, 540 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands went bankrupt. The number of bankruptcies was reduced by more than 40 relative to November.

4 thousand juveniles referred to Halt programmes for fireworks offences

Last year, 4 thousand young people – nearly one fifth of all young participating in Halt programmmes − were referred to Halt in relation to fireworks offences.

Number of bankruptcies virtually unchanged

In November, 530 businesses and institutions (excluding single-owner businesses) in the Netherlands went bankrupt. This is approximately the same number as in October.

Fewer bankruptcies

In October, 500 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt. This is 130 fewer than in September this year, but still substantially more than in October 2008

Criminal cases against girls trebled since 1995

The total number of criminal cases against girls in the Netherlands disposed of by the public prosecutor’s office and judges more than trebled in the period 1995-2008: from just over 2,200 in 1995 to more than 6,800 in 2008.

Crisis doubles redundancies in the Netherlands

Some 85 thousand people in the Netherlands lost their job in the first eight months of 2009.

Damage caused by fires highest in half a decade

The amount of damage caused by fires totalled 1 billion euro in 2008, the highest amount since 2003. The number of fires declined marginally relative to 2007, but fires claimed more lives.

620 bankruptcies

In September 2009, 620 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. over 100 more than in August this year.

Fire brigades respond more rapidly to alarms

Fire brigades arrive sooner at the scene in the case of chimney and indoor fires. Last year, the dispatch time, i.e. the time interval between receipt of the alarm in the emergency room and departure from the fire station has been reduced.

510 firms declared bankrupt

In August 2009, 510 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, i.e. nearly 140 fewer than in July this year, but the number of bankruptcies was 220 higher than in August 2008.

Many suspects also victims

Persons suspected of criminal activities one and a half times as often fall victim to criminal offences as people who have never been suspected of criminal activities.

One quarter of asylumseekers are children

In 2008, 13.4 thousand first requests for asylum were submitted in the Netherlands. One quarter of these requests concerned children younger than 18 years.

Bankruptcies in sectors trade and business services more than doubled

In the first six months of 2009, more than twice as many companies in the sectors trade and business services were declared bankrupt as in the same period one year previously.

645 firms bankrupt in July

In July this year, 645 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt, a decrease by more than 50 relative to June 2009. The number of bankruptcies has more than doubled compared to July 2008.

Number of women in fire services no longer growing

There were 1,571 women firefighters in the Netherlands on 1 January 2009. One year previously there were still 1,586. It is first time since 2000 that the number of female firefighters did not increase.

Number of bankruptcies soaring

In June 2009, 520 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) were declared bankrupt in the Netherlands. The number of businesses declared bankrupt in the first six months of 2009 almost equalled the total number of bankruptcies over the year 2008. In the period April-June, however, fewer businesses went bankrupt than in the first quarter .

One in twenty of the Dutch population afraid of being burgled

Just over one in twenty of the Dutch population think that the risk of having their home broken into is high to very high.

More children placed under guardianship

The number of children placed under guardianship has increased considerably in recent years. In 2007, 10.6 thousand children were placed under guardianship.

Number of asylum requests nearly doubled

The number of requests for asylum submitted in the Netherlands in 2008 nearly doubled compared to 2007. The increase is much more substantial than in the European Union (EU) as a whole, where the number of asylum requests rose by 6 percent.

Feelings of safety unchanged

The Dutch popluation has been less affected by crime in recent years. At the end of 2008, one in four people in the Netherlands said they had been the victim of a criminal offence in the previous twelve months

More traffic noise, less stench

In the period 1997-2008, the proportion of people reporting to be disturbed by road and rail traffic noise rose from 27 to 31and from 5 to 7 percent respectively.

Fewer individual, more business bankruptcies in 2008

The number of bankruptcies declined by over 14 percent in 2008 relative to the previous year. The number of personal and one-person business bankruptcies declined considerably, but the amount of bankruptcies of companies and institutions increased in 2008.

Number of restructured debts declines further

In the first three quarters of 2008, the number of orders for debt repayment pronounced by Dutch courts was nearly 40 percent down on the same period one year previously.

Fewer fires outdoors, more indoors

The Dutch fire services received 47 reports of fires in 2007. This is 5 percent fewer than in 2006.

Groups of youths cause most neighbourhood problems

Trouble caused by groups of youths in the streets, drug users, inconsiderate neighbours and harassment: in 2008 one sixth of the Dutch population reported that they experienced at least one of these problems in the area where they lived.

Dutch government spends more on prisons and judicial procedures

Dutch government spending on public order and security amounted to 11.3 billion euro in 2007. This is 6 percent more than in 2006.

Most pardonee asylumseekers from former Soviet Union

At the end of June 2008, nearly 26 thousand asylumseekers in the Netherlands had been granted leave to remain in the Netherlands indefinitely based on the ‘pardon regulation’ of 2007. Most of these asylumseekers are from the former Soviet Union.

No further decline in registered crime

Last year, 1.2 million crimes were registered by the police, about the same amount as in 2006.

Nearly one in ten travellers occasionally shun public transport for safety reasons

Nearly one tenth of Dutch public transport users occasionally feel so unsafe that they opt for an alternative or prefer to stay at home.

Children of crime suspects more often heard by the police

Young adults whose parents had been crime suspects were more often heard by the police than their peers.

Record amount of damages awarded to former suspects

Nearly 23 million euro in damages was paid to former suspects in the Netherlands in 2007. This is nearly twice as much as in 2000.

Nearly 35 thousand children experience parents' divorce in 2007

Dutch judges pronounced 32.6 thousand divorces in 2007. A total of 34.7 thousand underage children were involved in these divorces.

Fewer debt management plans

Nearly 2,800 debt management plans were pronounced in the first quarter of 2008. This is around one third fewer than in the first quarter of 2007.

Number of dismissal permits due to disability drops dramatically

The number of dismissal permits granted due to disability dropped sharply from 18.7 thousand in 2003 to 5.7 thousand in 2007.

Crime down, people feel safer

20 percent of the Dutch population aged 15 years and older do not feel safe at times.

Half of Dutch population think their neighbourhoods are subject to decay

In 2007, more than half of the Dutch population indicated that dog droppings, street litter, vandalised bus and tram shelters and graffiti on walls and buildings were a major source of annoyance.

No increase restructured debt arrangements

Last year, 14.9 thousand court orders for debt repayments were pronounced, approximately as many as in 2006. This put a stop to the annual increase.

Four out of ten people bothered by traffic

In 2007, 37 percent of people in the Netherlands reported being bothered by traffic in the neighbourhood where they lived. Most of the problems concerned speeding, but traffic noise and aggressive driving were also often reported.

More young suspects

In 2005, more than 3 percent of people aged between 12 and 25 were questioned by the police as crime suspects, as against 2 percent five years ago.

Lowest number of asylum requests since 1988

In 2007, the number of asylum requests submitted in the Netherlands had reached its lowest point since 1988. Iraqi and Somali asylum seekers constituted the largest groups.

Fewer individual insolvencies and company liquidations in 2007

The number of business failures declined further in 2007 to just under 8 thousand, a decrease by 13 percent relative to 2006.

Fewer victims of common crime

This year, 26 percent of the 15-and-over population in the Netherlands reported that they had been victimes of common crime, as against 29 percent two years ago; the number of offences experienced by the Dutch population also dropped in that period.

Considerably fewer bankruptcies

In 2006, the number of bankruptcies declined for the first time since 2000. Last year 9,200 bankruptcies were filed, a decrease by 9 percent on 2005.

Dutch population feels a little safer

At the beginning of 2006, fewer people in the Netherlands did not feel safe than twelve months previously. People living in Zeeland felt safest. The number of crimes people experienced was also down, although the percentage of people falling victim to frequently occurring crimes remained more or less stable.

Record number of bankruptcies

Over 10 thousand bankruptcies were declared in 2005, the highest number ever.

Common crime stabilised

In 2004 a quarter of the Dutch population indicated they had been victims of common crime. This is about the same as in 2003 but less than in 2002. The share of violent crime victims fell slightly in the period 2002-2004, to 5 percent.

More bankruptcies again

Over 9 300 bankruptcies were pronounced in 2004. This is 7 percent more than in 2003. The increase occurred mainly among natural persons (private individuals with or without single-owner company). The number of bankruptcies among enterprises and institutions increased moderately. In 2004 the number of bankruptcies reached its highest level yet.

Common crime down slightly

A quarter of the population indicated that they had been the victim of common crime in 2003. This is les than in 2002, but about the same as in the years before that. Theft and vandalism decreased, but violent crime remained about the same.