Number of robberies is rising sharply
In the first two months of 2009 the number of robberies up by 21 percent (Dutch) compared to 2008, reports Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf". There were 579 reported burglaries in two months. The upward trend of 2008 is continuing and the police is helpless to positively influence it according to the Council of Police Chiefs (Raad van Hoofdcommissarissen).
Joe Public is sick and tired
The public blames the robberies on Muslims, Caribbeans and Eastern-Europeans. With the Credit Crisis the number of unemployed is rising, particularly in the aforementioned groups who are often not on permanent contracts if they are gainfully employed. So the number of robberies may well increase at a even faster rate.
Idle hands are the devil's workshop.