New Zealand Embassy The Hague, The Netherlands

Petty crime in The Netherlands

New Zealanders travelling in The Netherlands should be aware that petty crime such as pick-pocketing, bag snatching and theft is common in some areas.

Travellers have reported thefts on public transport, at Central Station in Amsterdam, in budget tourist accommodation, bars and nightclubs, cafes, internet cafes and other crowded places.

Thefts have also been reported on the Schiphol-Amsterdam train and other inter-city or international trains (eg Brussels-Amsterdam). Thefts from cars at service stations or rest stops on the highway are not unknown.

Thieves are often professional and work in teams of two or three and are usually observing unwary travellers. Techniques used to distract victims include asking odd or persistent questions, spilling food or drink, or telling travellers someone has spilled something on their clothes, or simply walking off with a bag, suitcase or wallet when the owner is not looking.

For tips on what to do when travelling or when things go wrong, see Safe Travel website.

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