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Nearly 300 000 offences decided in 2020

The investigation was completed for 297 500 offences in 2020. This resulted in 145 800 charges against 69 900 persons. A year of different social contact has been important, but several of the trends seen in previous years also became clearer.

Fewer thefts in 2020 – the year of the pandemic

In 2020, a total of 300 600 offences were registered by the police and prosecuting authority, which is 3 per cent less than the year before. The decrease is mainly related to a drop in thefts, but the social implications of the covid-19 pandemic also affected the population's victimization and the registration of other types of offences.

Increase in waivers of prosecution in 2020

Both the prosecution and the court imposed a normal number of sanctions in 2020. But 76 per cent more conditional waivers of prosecution and half as many on-the-spot customs fines were issued.

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