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Fewer people are victims of crime, but youngsters top the list

THE NETHERLANDS. The number of people reporting they were victims of a crime has gone down 25% since 2012, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

Some 15% of the population was the victim of a crime last year, according to the latest CBS monitor, which is carried out every two years and based on information from 150,000 people. The under-25s are still most likely to be victims, with one in five saying they had direct experience of crime in the previous year.

Vandalism and theft were the most common crimes, but youngsters were more likely than any other age group to have experience of violent crime. Youngsters are also most likely to be suspects.

In 2012, 336 in every 10,000 young adults was suspected of a crime by the police, but last year that had fallen to 208 per 10,000, the CBS said.

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