Insurance group Interpolis had recorded 21,600 burglaries by the beginning of this week, a 23% drop on 2020, the AD reported on Friday.
In 2020 there were 30,557 burglaries – down 20% on 2019, as coronavirus kept more people at home.
The AD says the ‘spectacular’ decline in burglaries reflects the tough coronavirus rules between January and April, and that the number of break-ins increased again once the curfew and lockdown were lifted.
The decline in burglaries was greatest in Drenthe province, where the total fell by 34% but in neighbouring Groningen, the drop was just 6%. In Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the number of burglaries fell 30%.
The figures used by Interpolis to compile its monitor come from police reports and other public sources.
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