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More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Safety Monitor

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Contact information

Department of Labour, Income and Living conditions
Statistics Netherlands
Henri Faasdreef 312
2492 JP Den Haag
Phone: Infoservice: 003188 570 70 70
Email: info(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Data is collected annually and released on March 1st of each year.

Type of data


Type of Study

Longitude survey: long-term study of random or different samples

Longitudinal study, different (person) samples

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)


Access to data

Cannot be downloaded directly

Conditions of access

Access to data requires: (1) Access fee (2) Official authorization (CCS)


Anonymised microdata

SPSS (default)

Documentation is only available in Dutch.


Data was collected in 2012 with a sample size of 78,000 individuals (national + local). Data collection is ongoing and is scheduled to continue at some point in the future.


Two-step sampling: 1) sample of suburbs 2) sample of individuals; stratification by municipality size and police/interview region

Municipal person registration

Dutch population in non-institutional households

Population aged 16 and over

Representative of the Dutch population in non-institutional households aged 16 and over

Detailed study of: (1) feeling unsafe due to crime (2) crime victimization (3) crime prevention measures (4) contacts with police (and other) authorities (5) opinion on (police) authorities (6) quality of life in the neighbourhood


Contact data administrator (see contact information)

Data quality

Survey errors. Data are checked and corrected for internal inconsistencies.

Completely revised design and questionnaire

Results are not directly comparable to results of earlier monitors (POLS, (State Safety Monitor, Integral Safety Monitor).


Strengths: The survey provides high quality and coherent data for national and regional policy issues. Weaknesses: Comparability over time.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Frank P. Pijpers
  • (see Partners)