Domestic burglary rates decreased by another 10% over the past year.
The number of house break-ins decreased again over the past year. Over the first eleven months of 2017, there were 10% fewer break-ins than during the same period in 2016. This is a continuation of a trend that has been ongoing for several years now. Back in 2012, the number of break-ins was around 92,000, but it has since been reduced to under 50,000. This announcement was made today by Sander Dekker, Minister for Legal Protection, based on the number of reports filed at the end of the National Burglary Prevention Weeks in Ypenburg.
'A very satisfying result, thanks in part to the great cooperation between businesses and the government', says Dekker. During the National Burglary Prevention Weeks, the government cooperates with the business community to raise awareness amongst homeowners with regard to the risk of domestic burglary. During these weeks, DIY shops, locksmiths, security companies and ironmongers used special offers and discounts to promote products that help prevent burglary and theft. This was in addition to the 'don't make it too easy' public campaign, which informs people of preventive measures they can take to prevent house break-ins. This campaign will run until 1 March 2018. Measures such as replacing locks and installing exterior lighting can be a valuable deterrent.
'Prevention is definitely proving effective, but further steps remain necessary', according to Dekker. The Minister believes that it remains necessary to encourage people to effectively secure their homes. Additionally, new initiatives will be launched over the coming year in the area of neighbourhood prevention. 'By supporting wonderful initiatives like WhatsApp groups and Facebook groups, we can really help each other out.'