Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement

The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) carries out fundamental scientific research into crime and law enforcement. NSCR’s research focuses on three complementary themes: Mobility and the distribution of crime, Citizens and the criminal justice system, and Life course, crime and interventions.

Researchers working at NSCR seek answers to questions such as: Why do people commit crimes? How can crime be prevented? Which punitive measures work best? Where are criminals active and why? NSCR carries out longitudinal and interdisciplinary research at the interface of theory, practice and policy. The institute has unique data sets, makes use of information from the police and the judiciary, and ensures that research results are made available to third parties.

Valuable knowledge with practical application

Research conducted by NSCR contributes to the compelling need for knowledge and information about crime, criminals and society. New expertise that improves detective work, for example, is important to the police. The institute’s expertise, however, is equally valuable to public authorities and other civil society organisations. Health and welfare professionals who work in youth care, for instance, have indicated that research conducted by the NSCR has enabled them to acquire a better understanding of the lives of young offenders, and the effects of possible interventions.


NSCR was established in 1992, at the initiative of NWO and the then Ministry of Justice. The national research institute started as a collaboration between these two organisations and Leiden University. In 2009, the relationship with Leiden switched to an intensive collaboration with VU Amsterdam. Furthermore, NSCR in collaboration with VU Amsterdam set up the Amsterdam Law and Behavior Institute (A-LAB).



Visiting address
De Boelelaan 1077a
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Postal address
PO Box 71304
1008 BH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

T: +31 20 598 5239

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