Dutch police solve relatively few registered hacking issues




Statistics Netherlands reports that the Dutch police cleared 4.6 percent of registered crimes in the category of computer trespasses in 2017. In absolute terms, this number of clarified crimes has decreased since 2012.

In the so-called Cybersecurity Monitor, Statistics Netherlands reports that the percentage of clear-ups of the cases of computer intrusion that occurred was 4.6 percent in 2017. These are crimes in which at least one suspect is known to the police, even if he is still fugitive or denies having committed the offense. According to Statistics Netherlands, this 4.6 percent is on the low side, given that the clearing percentage of all registered crimes in 2017 was 23 percent.

The clear-up percentage in cases of computer intrusion shows a decreasing trend. In 2017, 4.6 percent of the 2,300 registered cases of computer trespassing were solved; That amounts to 105 cleared crimes. In 2012, 4620 offenses were registered of which 265 or 5.8 percent were cleared up. In 2013, 2535 cases of computer breach were reported, of which ten percent was resolved. In the years that followed, the number of registrations fluctuated around 2000 and the clear-up percentage has declined every year.

In the broader category of cybercrime, where attention was paid to identity fraud, hacking, buying and selling fraud and internet bullying, it turned out that one in nine Dutch people in 2017 was the victim of one of these offenses. This is comparable to the previous years and slightly lower than in 2012 and 2013. Of all these offenses, 27 percent were reported to the police or another authority in 2017; this percentage is comparable with previous years, but in 2012 and 2013 it was around 30 percent.

Computer trespass 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Registered crimes 4620 2535 2045 2225 1875 2300
Clearly explained crimes 265 255 195 165 160 105
Clarified crimes relatively


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