Minister van der Steur: "Full steam ahead with anti-robbery approach"

The comprehensive anti-robbery approach has so far resulted in a decrease of 60% in the number of robberies. The number of daily robberies dropped from 8 to 3, while more cases were resolved and more perpetrators sentenced. At the "Robberies in the Netherlands - Continuing our Success Story" conference, Minister van der Steur (Security and Justice) called on all partners to continue the highly successful approach and not to let their attention lapse. "Every robbery prevented counts, as it means one or more fewer traumatised victims." At this conference of the National Robberies Taskforce, some 250 participants discussed ways to improve the joint approach in connection with Security Week. 

Fijnaut and Rovers study into the anti-robbery approach

The number of robberies has gone down from some 3,000 in 2009 to well over 1,200 in 2015. This reduction is the result of intensive cooperation between the business sector, the police, the justice system and municipal authorities. Such were the findings of Cyrille Fijnat and Ben Rovers, criminologists, presented today at the conference. The two presented their report "The approach towards robberies and robbers over 2011-2016". In the past, years of reducing numbers of robberies were followed by years in which the numbers increased again. The researchers therefore advocated continuing the comprehensive approach in full and safeguard the expertise acquired by the investigation services in the past few years. The reduction by almost 60% from the 2009 figure is the result of additional capacity made available for investigation, higher sentences, the perpetrator-focused approach and providing additional attention to prevention.

Future of the High Impact Crimes approach

"I am impressed by the results of all our collective efforts", Minister van der Steur said. "We are clearly on the right tack with our approach. Reason enough for me to ensure that enough capacity will remain available at my Ministry for the approach to tackling High Impact Crimes." This increased capacity is available for all High Impact Crimes, muggings, domestic burglaries and violent crimes, independent of the anti-robbery approach. The High Impact Crimes approach features intensive collaboration between a great many partners, including municipal authorities, the Public Prosecution Service, the Centre for Crime Prevention and Public Safety, Community Safety Partnerships and private parties like the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers VNO-NCW, SMEs, the Dutch Transport Operators Association and the Dutch trade association for the hotel and catering industry.
In view of the success of the public-private approach, the National Robberies Taskforce, chaired by Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, will continue on until 31 December 2018. The aim is to effect a further decrease in the number of robberies and, thus, in the number of victims. As persons responsible for committing such robberies are also often guilty of other High Impact Crimes like domestic burglaries and muggings, a further reduction in their number also means a further reduction in other types of crime. Finally, encouraging organisations and citizens to implement preventive measures remains crucial to effect a further reduction in robberies.
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