Minister Opstelten places digital spy hole to prevent senior citizens from being robbed

Today, Minister Opstelten placed a digital spy hole in a senior citizen apartment building in Hillesluis (Rotterdam). The digital spy hole displays the visitor on a screen on the inside of the door. A photograph of the visitor is also stored, which may be used later for investigation purposes. Although the total number of home robberies has dropped by 6%, the number of robberies of senior citizens is increasing. Good prevention, inter alia by means of technical resources such as a digital spy hole, should reduce the number of robberies of senior citizens.

The total number of home robberies in the first nine months of this year was 490. This number was 520 during the same period of last year. During the first nine months of 2012, the number of home robberies involving senior citizens was 134, while the number of home robberies involving senior citizens stood at 113 during the same period of last year.

This initiative in cooperation with Woonstad Rotterdam, the Dutch Association of Insurers and the Feijenoord sub-municipality, is intended to increase the safety of senior citizens and reduce the number of robberies of senior citizens. In addition, the Centre for Crime Prevention and Public Safety is organising, in cooperation with the senior citizens' association, meetings for senior citizens throughout the country in order to improve prevention. Rotterdam already started this earlier and the Dutch Association of Insurers will also join the initiative this year.