Trial starts with security film for jewellery stores

Today, Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice and Mayor Van Aartsen of The Hague kicked off a pilot whereby security film is to be applied to jewellery display cases. The security film makes it more difficult for, and increases the time required by, potential robbers to smash the glass and remove jewellery from the display cases.

At a jewellers in the neighbourhood of The Hague known as Transvaal, Minister Opstelten and Mayor Van Aartsen demonstrated the difference between display case glass with and without security film by using a hammer to smash a sheet of glass with the film and then another, unprepared sheet of glass. The trial is a joint initiative by the municipality of The Hague and the Ministry of Security and Justice and is also being supported by the insurance sector. For the time being, approximately 15 jewellers can take part in the trial.

The pilot is a new preventative measure to reduce even further the number of jewellery store robberies. At the moment, a number of different preventative procedures are being put in place, such as 'track and trace', robbery training and prevention advice. Reducing what are referred to as high impact crimes, which includes robberies, is one of the Dutch government's priorities. In the past year, the total number of robberies decreased by 13% and the number of robberies involving jewellery stores even dropped by 35% compared to the previous year.