Counterfeit money

If you want to check if a banknote is genuine or counterfeit, it is best not to rely on just one feature, but to check a few of them. Feel the note in your hands and look at it closely; if you have any doubts, compare it to one that you know is genuine. You can also use detecting equipment, such as an ultra-violet (UV) lamp. For information on suspect banknotes, check the European Central Bank's website. If you have received a suspected counterfeit, you should contact the Dutch police immediately.

Secure Business Seal of Approval

If you work with the municipality, police or fire service, you can obtain the Secure Business Seal of Approval (Keurmerk Veilig Ondernemen, KVO) for commercial sites and retail areas. KVO helps secure your business against burglary, robberies and fire. As a result, you can provide a safe and secure workplace for your employees. As a KVO business, you may also get discounts on your insurance premiums. For more information please contact the Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety (CCV).

Submitting a report to the police

If you have been a victim of a crime, such as theft, burglary, robbery, fraud or internal crime, you can report this to the police. You can do this at the police station, by telephone or through their website.

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Shop crime

For information about shop crime, prevention and the proper apprehension procedure, please contact the Centre for Crime Prevention and Safety (CCV) (Dutch).

Losses due to shoplifting

If you catch a shoplifter in the act, you can claim compensation from the shoplifter for the time spent dealing with the matter. If you participate in the Settling the bill with shoplifters (Afrekenen met winkeldieven) (Dutch) scheme of the Netherlands Retail Association (Detailhandel Nederland), they will collect the compensation from the shoplifter on your behalf.


If you are a victim of robbery, Netherlands Victim Support (Dutch) can provide you with emotional and legal assistance.

Transport crime

The transport sector and the government are taking a number of different steps to reduce crime in the transport sector. These measures are referred to in the Transport Sector Crime Action Covenant (Convenant Aanpak Criminaliteit Wegtransportsector).