Netherlands: Crime

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Netherlands Crime

The Netherlands is a very safe country. In most places you will be as safe, if not safer, than in the UK. You will need to take care in the larger cities, such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but sensible precautions should be sufficient to avoid trouble. You are more likely to be the victim of a pickpocket, or a sneak thief than of a violent crime. Hence, you should not look too obviously like a tourist by wandering about and looking lost, or with an opened map. Only take with you enough money for daily use, or conceal your extra money about your person. If you are travelling by car, don't leave valuables in it and don't park your car next to a canal – as this is often where cars are broken into. If you do suffer from theft, do report it to the Dutch police, but don't expect them to apprehend the criminal.