Friday 26 February 2021

Coronavirus slashes burglary rate, but boosts noisy neighbour complaints


Last year’s crime figures have been strongly influenced by the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer home break-ins and more online criminality, according to new police figures.

The number of burglaries at private homes fell by 23% and number of reported pick-pocketing offences fell by almost 50%, police said in a review of the year in crime.

However, being confined more to home did lead to a sharp rise in noise and nuisance complaints. The police were called to almost 145,000 incidents involving noisy neighbours and troublesome youngsters last year, up 39% on 2019.

At the same time, there was also an 127% rise in the number of recorded instances of cyber related crime, such as phishing and bank fraud.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.