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The Hague tops the 'fines for anti-social behaviour' league

Sunday 10 February 2013

People living in The Hague are handed out more fines for anti-social behaviour than in any other part of the Netherlands, according to research by RTL news.

Between 2007 and 2011, The Hague residents received the equivalent of 1,049 fines for every 10,000 locals. Rotterdammers were second on the list with 865 fines per 10,000 people, just ahead of Amsterdam with 856.

RTL combined police figures on fines for littering, not cleaning up dog mess and other bugbears with information from the national debt register to draw up the rankings.

Big earner

Between 2007 and 2011, police and council officials handed out some 686,000 fines for anti-social behaviour, generating €78m for the treasury. Top of the list of 'crimes' was parking in an invalid space. Overtaking on the right was second in the ranking, followed by peeing in public.

The research also showed wide variations between different towns. People from Almere, for example, are most likely to be fined for traffic offences while in Amsterdam, urinating in public tops the list. And the small town of Haaksbergen near Enschede heads the league for not clearing up dog mess.

RTL points out that the differences are probably accounted for by local policies and the number of officials charged with cracking down on nuisance behaviour.

For example, the Hague has relatively few city wardens but a zero tolerance approach, the broadcaster said.

Check your town's rating

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I am sure soon a blond(ish) man, or some of his followers, will say this is also fault of "those Muslims".

By Antonio | 10 February 2013 3:11 PM

I know what they mean, but I think the term "anti-social" means something completely different to many native English speakers. For example, a teenager who averages 15+ hours of video games per day could be labeled as anti-social, while one who urinates in public would not. Anyways, just semantics right?...

By kaccie | 10 February 2013 4:33 PM

It is surprising that people actually get fines over not cleaning up after their pets, in the case of Haaksbergen. It is not a secret that this is almost never the case in Den Haag.

By David | 11 February 2013 1:51 PM

What about the completely random fines for not having your dog on a lead ? In some isolated part of the woods, on an entirely arbitrary basis, the dog has to be on the lead on this track but not on that track - and then some park ranger jumps out from his hiding place behind a tree and tries to give me a fine. And I'm the one exhibiting anti-social behaviour ? Yeah, right.

By Andrew | 11 February 2013 4:18 PM

@kaccie - not unless the meaning of semantics has changed recently. Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) are handed out in the UK for, you guessed it, anti-social behaviour, which I'm sure includes pissing in the street. I don't think you can get one for excessive computer use.

By Garry | 11 February 2013 4:35 PM

@kaccie: I think the word for that teenager u mentioned is "asocial"

By GS | 11 February 2013 5:01 PM

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