Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

History of the Dutch Crime Victimization Survey(s)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_450


The series of Crime Victim Surveys started in the early 1970s in the Netherlands. Changing policy needs, stakeholders, and available interview modes have repeatedly led to important adjustments in the methodology, compromising comparisons of results over the years. Nevertheless, interesting trends spanning four decades can be constructed for some crime types. In this entry, an overview is given of the eight subsequent versions of the Dutch Victim Survey and their main characteristics. Next, longtime trends are presented for victimizations by burglary, bicycle theft, violent crime, and total crime. Trends in feelings of unsafety are shown from the early 1990s onwards.


Already in the early 1970s, the need for a survey to measure crime by asking the general population about their experiences instead of relying on police records only was felt in the Netherlands. In 1973, the Ministry of Justice funded a pilot study by Jan Fiselier who experimented with different...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ministry of Safety and Justice, Research and Documentation CentreThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Human Security and Safety International Victimology InstituteTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands