Monday, December 10, 2012

Chances of being caught for Crimes in the Netherlands are Minimal

Chances of being caught for a crime are minimal and the average punishment and risk of punishment are very small. Economically speaking, crime seems to pay in the Netherlands. These results are from a study by  legal economist Ben van Velthoven. He claims that the risk of punishment which is a function of the chance to be caught and the average punishment has declined by a quarter since 2004. This derives from the fact that the police finds less criminals, judges declare less people guilty and there are fewer people jailed as a result. Out of 8 million crimes per year, victims only reported them 1.2 million times. Related to the real figure of crimes, only 1.8% of criminals are caught.

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