Sunday, September 25, 2005

Crime and Suicide in Holland



Marieke's talk made me look into the crime statistics in Holland. Here are some of the findings from my previous notes.

In 2004, the Dutch government implemented heightened security measures in response to concerns of international Islamic extremist terrorist activity on Dutch soil. The November 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by an Islamic extremist in Amsterdam has further increased concerns over Islamic extremist activity in The Netherlands. A number of people have been arrested in connection with van Gogh’s murder and related Islamic extremist activities, and the Dutch government remains on heightened alert.

According to the CIA, while the rate of violent crime in the Netherlands is low, tourists are often targeted for robbery. Visitors frequently fall prey to pickpockets, bag snatchers and other petty thieves. Never leave baggage or other valuables unattended.

There are frequent reports of thefts from specific areas. Within Amsterdam, thieves are very active in and around train and tram stations, the city center and public transport. More specifically, trains to and from Schiphol Airport are considered to be high risk. Thieves often work in pairs; one distracts the victim, often by asking for directions, while the accomplice moves in on the victim's momentarily unguarded handbag, backpack, laptop or briefcase. The timing of these thefts usually coincides with train stops, enabling the thieves to escape.

Confidence artists have victimized a number of tourists. Typically, the person is notified via email of a winning lottery ticket, an inheritance, or other offer, often originating in Africa, which requires his/her assistance and cooperation to conclude. He is asked to forward advance payments for alleged ``official expenses’’ and, often, to come to Amsterdam to conclude the operation. Several people have lost tens of thousands of dollars in such scams. Funds transferred in response to such offers cannot be recovered. Travelers may also contact the Fraud Unit, Amsterdam Police, Police Headquarters, PB 2287, 1000 CG Amsterdam, Netherlands, tel. (31) (20) 559-2380, fax (31) (20) 559-5755.

Suicide rates in ages15-24

(6.8 per 100000 people)

Suicide rates in ages25-34

(10.6)

Suicide rates in ages 35-44

(14.2)

Suicide rates in ages 45-54

(12.7)

Suicide rates in ages 55-64

(12.9)

Suicide rates in ages 65-74

(14.0)

Suicide rates in ages above 75

(15.1)

Total crime victims:

25.2% (1999)

Total crimes:

1,305,635 (2000)

Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Per capita figures expressed per 1000 population. In Holland per capita is 79.57 (per 1000 people) that means Holland is 9th on the list while India is 59th .

Country Description Amount

1. Dominica 113.82 per 1000 people

2. New Zealand 105.88 per 1000 people

3. Finland 101.52 per 1000 people

4. Denmark 92.82 per 1000 people

5. Chile 88.22 per 1000 people

6. United Kingdom 85.55 per 1000 people

7. Montserrat 80.39 per 1000 people

8. United States 80.06 per 1000 people

9. Netherlands 79.57 per 1000 people

10. South Africa 77.18 per 1000 people

11. Germany 75.99 per 1000 people

12. Canada 75.49 per 1000 people

13. Norway 71.86 per 1000 people

14. France 62.18 per 1000 people

15. Seychelles 52.92 per 1000 people

16. Hungary 44.97 per 1000 people

17. Estonia 43.36 per 1000 people

18. Czech Republic 38.22 per 1000 people

19. Italy 37.96 per 1000 people

20. Switzerland 36.18 per 1000 people

21. Portugal 34.38 per 1000 people

22. Slovenia 33.62 per 1000 people

23. Poland 32.85 per 1000 people

24. Korea, South 31.72 per 1000 people

25. Mauritius 29.19 per 1000 people

26. Zimbabwe 28.87 per 1000 people

27. Lithuania 22.89 per 1000 people

28. Spain 22.88 per 1000 people

29. Latvia 21.92 per 1000 people

30. Uruguay 21.70 per 1000 people

31. Russia 20.58 per 1000 people

32. Ireland 20.23 per 1000 people

33. Bulgaria 19.98 per 1000 people

34. Japan 19.17 per 1000 people

35. Romania 16.48 per 1000 people

36. Slovakia 16.35 per 1000 people

37. Jamaica 14.32 per 1000 people

38. Belarus 13.15 per 1000 people

39. Mexico 12.84 per 1000 people

40. Tunisia 12.56 per 1000 people

41. Costa Rica 11.97 per 1000 people

42. Ukraine 11.77 per 1000 people

43. Hong Kong 11.68 per 1000 people

44. Macedonia 9.68 per 1000 people

45. Greece 9.63 per 1000 people

46. Venezuela 9.30 per 1000 people

47. Thailand 8.80 per 1000 people

48. Moldova 8.58 per 1000 people

49. Kyrgyzstan 7.50 per 1000 people

50. Malaysia 6.97 per 1000 people

51. Qatar 6.76 per 1000 people

52. Zambia 5.27 per 1000 people

53. Colombia 4.98 per 1000 people

54. Turkey 4.11 per 1000 people

55. Armenia 4.03 per 1000 people

56. Georgia 3.21 per 1000 people

57. Papua New Guinea 2.39 per 1000 people

58. Azerbaijan 1.76 per 1000 people

59. India 1.63 per 1000 people

60. Yemen 1.16 per 1000 people

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