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Safety inMaastricht

Safe shopping area

Safety in shopping areas relates to the various forms of insecurity that can arise in the areas, for example due to shoplifting and pickpocketing.

Police figures
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 1st half year
Shoplifting 423 479 364 420 378 414 138
Break-ins of shops 84 61 58 27 21 22 12
Safety monitor
2014 2015 2016 2017 2019
% Unsafe areas around commercial places - Often/sometimes [%] 17.0 18.9 11.4 14.9 13.1

A clean and well-maintained physical environment is regarded as an important theme in the maintenance of a safe shopping centre/street. Preventive measures against shoplifting, pickpocketing and robberies are all important spearheads for safety.

The potential for vacant premises, in particular premises that could remain vacant for a longer period of time, is an issue that requires attention. Vacant premises can promote subversive crime, as the landlord will be less critical of prospective tenants for shops and other premises that have remained vacant for a lengthy period of time.