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Covid-19 ease of restrictions leads to more burglaries in the Netherlands

After the Netherlands’ government decided to ease the Covid-19 restrictions in the beginning of this month, this has lead to a huge increase in the home break-ins that have taken place since April.

Exactly 351 home burglaries happened between May 31 and June 6, when compared to April 12 and April 18 with 258 burglaries, said the data in the Burglary Barometer (InbraakBarometer). According to the Dutch police, the increase of break-ins is due to the coronavirus easing restrictions.

The first steps towards the lifting of restrictions were taken on April 28 by the Dutch government, whereas other relaxations were followed in May and then at the beginning of June. The relaxations included the reopening of schools, universities, restaurants, cinemas, museums, theme parks, and zoos.

Undoubtedly, the relaxations mean that more and more people are outdoors and back to work, but even those who work online still have reasons to leave their houses.

The Dutch police’s national project coordinator and leader for burglaries, Sybren van der Velden, pointed out the fact that similar things have happened after the lifting of the curfew in April.

“We do see an increase in the number of burglaries throughout the country,” said Van der Velden. “Sometimes by five percent, but there are also places with 25 to 30 percent more burglaries.”

According to him, the rental properties are more prone to burglaries because of the quality of locks, therefore, he also advised the public to be aware of this, especially if they’re planning to go for holidays during the summer.

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