Preventing and fighting crime

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO | Statistics Netherlands, CBS

Businesses may face various forms of crime. Several Dutch organisations provide information about the steps you can take in order to prevent this from happening.


Cybercrime a fast-growing and serious problem both inside the Netherlands and beyond. The magnitude and severity of its consequences should not be underestimated. Therefore the government is pursuing an integral approach, to tackle the problem of digital theft (for example identity theft, data theft), extortion, fraud, cyber attacks on websites and industrial espionage.

The Digital Trust Center offers a Dutch-language risk assessment tool with which SMEs can check how big the risk is they will become the victim of cyber crime.

Counterfeit money

If you want to check if a banknote is genuine or counterfeit, it is best not to rely on just one feature, but to check a few of them. Feel the note in your hands and look at it closely; if you have any doubts, compare it to one that you know is genuine. You can also use detecting equipment, such as an ultra-violet (UV) lamp. For information on suspect banknotes, check the European Central Bank's website. If you have received a suspected counterfeit, you should contact the Dutch police immediately.

Secure Business Seal of Approval

If you work with the municipality, police or fire service, you can obtain the Secure Business Seal of Approval (Keurmerk Veilig Ondernemen, KVO) for commercial sites and retail areas. KVO helps secure your business against burglary, robberies and fire. As a result, you provide your employees, your customers and yourself with a safe environment.

Submitting a report to the police

If you have been a victim of a crime, such as theft, burglary, robbery, fraud or internal crime, you can report this to the police. You can do this at the police station, by telephone or through their website.

Shop crime and robbery

If you catch a shoplifter in the act, you can claim compensation from the shoplifter for the time spent dealing with the matter. If you participate in the Shoplifters pay (Winkeldieven betalen, in Dutch) scheme of the Service Organisation Direct Liability (SODA) foundation, they will help you to get compensation from the shoplifter. If you are a victim of robbery, Netherlands Victim Support (in Dutch) can provide you with emotional and legal assistance.

Statistics: theft from shop/business

Registered theft from shop/business are thefts which have been reported to or filed by the Dutch police as well as incidences documented by the police themselves.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Statistics Netherlands, CBS