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Preventing and fighting crime

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

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 is a fast-growing and serious problem both inside the Netherlands and beyond. The government is pursuing an integral approach to tackle the problem of digital theft (for example identity theft and data theft), extortion, fraud, cyber attacks on websites, and industrial espionage.

Our website also provides more information and tips on cyber security, for example basic principles to follow to run a secure digital business. There are tools to identify cyber risks for your SME and check how likely you are to become the victim of cybercrime.

Counterfeit money

Do 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 detecting counterfeit banknotes, check the European Central Bank's website. If you have received a suspected counterfeit, you should contact the Dutch police immediately.

Shop crime and robbery

If you catch a shoplifter in the act, you can claim compensation from the shoplifter for any damage and 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.

Submitting a report to the police

Are you a victim of a crime, such as theft, burglary, robbery, fraud, internal crime, or cybercrime? You can report this to the police. You can do this at the police station, by telephone, or through their website(in Dutch).

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.

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