More crime in parts of the city

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The Eindhoven neighbourhoods of Oud-Woensel and Vaartbroek seem to be becoming increasingly crime-ridden.

Things like drug trafficking, prostitution, burglaries, and criminal gangs are youths appear to be deeply ingrained in these areas. These problems also seem to be difficult to solve. That’s according to a partially confidential report commissioned by the municipality.

The full report, including the confidential pages, was accidentally published on the council’s website. It remained there for some time. Studio040 was able to download it.

Gildebuurt and Hemelrijken

Oud-Woensel, particularly Hemelrijken and Gildebuurt, is not a great area in which to live. Drug dealers, prostitutes, overcrowding, and late-night noise is rife there. The report states that these disturbances have increased over the past two years.

There’s a lot of illegal activity in these neighbourhoods. It’s reported that there are not only drug houses and dealers and illegal nitrous oxide shops. There are also ‘shady shops, pubs, and restaurants’. These are a ‘direct physical threat and nuisances’.

The municipality is concerned about empty shops and speeding traffic too. It’s a known fact that many businesses in the area are engaged in criminal activities.


“Vaartbroek may not feel any less safe than most of Eindhoven. However, crime is a major problem in that area,” the report reads. It mainly concerns drug-related crime and violence, home burglaries and confused people. Some youngsters cause nuisance and engage in illegal activities.

Over the years, the council has seen different criminal networks come into and leave this neighbourhood. “Younger brothers and sisters are recruited as foot soldiers,” says the report.

“Children see their parents, brothers, cousins, and neighbours, making quick money doing crime. They’re then easily tempted to join in. That’s due to a lack of good alternatives.”


Since mid-2019, the municipality has had their eye on a criminal youth group of about 20 members in Vaartbroek. “They don’t seem to cause too much of a nuisance. But that’s mainly because people are unwilling to report it.”

“A lot of their criminal activities don’t happen in public either,” the report says. This group has direct links with the Oud-Woensel neighbourhood. They intimidate not only residents and business owners. Visitors to the areas also feel unsafe.

The council and police are struggling to get this group under control. “We have a good idea of who’s involved. They’re regularly nabbed for minor offences.”

“We are, however, more concerned with the leaders,” the report states. “They’re often in the background and elusive.”


The above information is contained in confidential pages of a report on tackling subversive crime. The municipality isn’t willing to further delve into these pages. It did, however, presents the following explanation of the plan to tackle disruptive crime to Studio040:

“The subsidy for the BOTOC (Broad Offensive Against Organised Disruptive Crime) prevention approach is spent on preventive projects. The municipality of Eindhoven already has some of these in the Social Domain. But there are several new projects too.”

“These projects intend to strengthen young people’s resistance [against criminality – ed]. But, but also that of the neighbourhood, like parents and schools. The projects are on individual, group and environmental levels.”

“Tailor-made solutions are important here. Setting up a project isn’t a goal in itself. We look at what is needed at a district, group, and individual level. This is in line with existing structures and partnerships.”

“This is a temporary cash injection. So, we’ve chosen to temporarily intensify existing projects or those that have a preventive effect”.

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This story was made possible in part by the Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek (Journalistic Stimulation Fund). Dtv, Omroep Venlo, Studio040, and WOS Media work together on local investigative journalism.

Source: Studio040

Translator: Bob

Editor: Melinda Walraven

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  1. This is total bullshit excuse! the crime is rampant because the police disregards any reports. Is this the local politic? dismiss reports for BS excuses to maintain a false statistic of relative safe city? Or it is just a bunch of plain lazy coward “police” . Not until you’ve been a victim yourself and repeatedly! to see the reality! Also, in a city that brags as high tech and with abundance of cctv cameras _ easy but useless proof when it is dismissed by so called police because the victim doesn’t provide an abundance of useless details of the property , that was stolen from right under one of these cctv camera that you don’t own. Disgusted by this “council” , disgusted by the “police” experience of this city. Bragg about low gun crime , I’ve got to experience your police type to understand what it means to have the right to carry and protect one’s home and property ! Citizens don’t report crime ?! When and how the citizens developed this helplessness , demise attitude ? Or is it after first encountered experience with your police! Are the citizens to blame again? Or maybe the reports of crime don’t matter if the victim not a native , just a foreign student or foreign resident? Conclusion, all the facts will be put together and let s make it circulate mass social media and will see what’s the citizens opinion and how many facts will be uncovered of so called “not reported” crime or rather dismissed report of the crime!

  2. Basically, a passive and biased police and passive citizens, allowing their “so great city” as safe training grounds for the high crime “ring” to train the newbie members at lower crime level at the expense of residents , until they graduate to most important jobs of the ring.


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