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Preventing and fighting crime

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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:

Counterfeit money

If you want to check if a banknote is genuine or counterfeitExternal link, 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 banknotesExternal link, check the European Central Bank's website. If you have received a suspected counterfeit, you should contact the Dutch policeExternal link 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 policeExternal link. 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 Settling the bill with shopliftersExternal link (Afrekenen met winkeldieven) (Dutch) scheme of the Settling the Bill Foundation (Stichting Afrekenen met Winkeldieven), they will collect the compensation from the shoplifter on your behalf. If you are a victim of robbery, Netherlands Victim SupportExternal link (Dutch) can provide you with emotional and legal assistance.

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