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Overall Crime and Safety Situation

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Crime Threats

The overall risk of crime (including violent crime) directed against U.S. citizens and U.S. private industry remains low throughout the country. Tourists and visitors are most commonly victimized in petty, non-violent street crimes of opportunity such as pick-pocketing, breaking into unattended vehicles, and cell phone theft. Travelers are often targets of pickpockets and thieves who typically operate individually or in small groups. The theft of laptop computers, other electronic devices, and valuables occurs most commonly at Schiphol airport, on trams and trains, and in stations in and around Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague at all hours but particularly at night. Within Amsterdam, thieves are very active in and around Centraal station; Amsterdam Zuid station; tram stops near the red light district, restaurants, and hotels; and on trams between Centraal station and the museum district.

In 2013, Dutch National Police reported an overall decrease in non-residential and residential criminal activity throughout the Netherlands compared to 2012. For residents, burglaries remain a concern, despite the general decrease in in criminal activity in 2013. Police report that many of these crimes involve surveillance of a targeted residence and entry when the residence is unoccupied sometimes through second floor windows or balconies. Small, easy to carry valuables are the primary target, as burglars enter and depart within a few minutes.

Although rare, violent crime involving expatriates does happen, mainly in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The U.S. Embassy is unaware of U.S. citizens or U.S. commercial entities being specifically targeted for violent criminal activity, including kidnapping, by criminals operating individually, in small groups, or larger organized elements.

Overall Road Safety Situation 

Road Safety and Road Conditions

Travel in, around, and between cities is possible via a highly developed national public transportation system, an extensive system of bike paths, and by automobile and motorcycle on a modern highway system. Intercity travel by road is relatively safe in comparison to some other European countries. The road network is comparable to other Western European countries and the United States.

A valid driver’s license issued by a Department of Motor Vehicles in the U.S. is valid for use in the Netherlands for up to 180 days while in tourist or visitor status. The driver and all passengers must use seat belts or child seats. Use of cellular telephones while driving without the use of a hands-free device is prohibited, and is punishable by severe fines. Driving is on the right side of the road, as in the United States. Speed limits are strictly enforced via radar and through a countrywide network of traffic cameras and radar units. Traffic cameras are pervasive, and tickets for traveling even 2-5 km/hour over the limit are common. The maximum speed limit on highways is 130 km/hour, with a highway speed limit of 100 km/hour posted in most urban areas. Secondary roads and some urban-area highways have a speed limit of 80 km/hour. The speed limit in towns and cities is either 70 km/hour or 50 km/hour, with 30 km/hour zones in residential areas. The Dutch government has reduced speed limits on certain roads near cities in an effort to reduce air pollution. Speed limit signs are electronic, so speed limits may be changed remotely by authorities depending on traffic conditions. Drivers must yield the right-of-way to drivers and bicyclists coming from the right at intersections or traffic circles unless otherwise posted. The maximum allowable blood-alcohol content in the Netherlands is 0.05%.

Lanes in the center of many urban two-way streets are reserved for buses, trams, and taxis. In cities, pedestrians should be mindful of trams, which often cross or share bicycle and pedestrian paths. Serious – and sometimes fatal – accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists colliding with trams occur each year. Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to wear helmets. Helmets are mandatory for motorcyclists and individuals operating scooters larger than 50cc. Pedestrians should not walk along bicycle paths, which are often adjacent to the sidewalk and usually designated by red pavement. Bicyclists and pedestrians should be particularly cautious during the winter months when paths, roads, and especially bridges can be icy and extremely slippery.

Rail is often a convenient alternative to driving, particularly in the areas around Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam, where road congestion is frequent. Rail network information is available online.

Parked vehicles have also been targeted with GPS devices, air bags, and other valuables stolen, especially when left in plain view.

(Source: OSAC 2014)


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