Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the crime rate declined from March to June compared to the same period last year. The figures are now back to their old level, NOS writes on Wednesday.

During the partial lockdown in the country, police reported no reports of pickpocketing, shoplifting and street robberies for weeks. There were also hardly any traffic incidents, Liesbeth Huyzer, deputy chief of police of the National Police, told NOS .

At the same time, the number of reports of digital crime increased: the number of reports of WhatsApp fraud increased from about a hundred a week to about a hundred a day. According to Huyzer, that increase is partly due to the digital counter that the police set up in April, which made it easier for people to file a report.

In addition, the police received more reports of various forms of nuisance, including neighborly disputes, noise nuisance and youth nuisance. Where more than 161,000 reports were made in March through June last year, the number rose to 226,000 in the same period this year.

More time for criminal investigations due to corona

Due to the corona crisis, the police have been able to spend more time on investigations because other crimes have not occurred, Huytzer tells the news medium. "We were able to conduct the investigation into Encrochat, during which the police could read live with more than 20 million chat messages from criminals for months, during this corona period."

By relaxing the corona measures, the police are also seeing crime rates rise again. Crime figures are now back to their previous level before the partial lockdown, says Huytzer. In particular, the number of reports of burglaries, shoplifting and street robbery has increased again since the easings.