The Dutch are feeling safer and are less likely to be a crime victim

Dutch police car close-upThe Dutch are feeling safer and are victims of fewer crimes, according to the latest edition of the CBS public safety monitor, which covers both reported and unreported incidents.

In total, 15% of the 150,000 people questioned said they had been the victim of some sort of crime in 2017, such as vandalism, theft or physical violence.

Five years previously, 20% said they had been the victim of a crime. The number of property crimes reported to the police has gone down 30% over the same period while the number of violent crimes has shrunk by 24%.

People are also more likely to feel safe at home and on the streets. In 2017, 34% of those polled said they occasionally felt unsafe, compared with 37% in 2012.