Brussels public transport: crime rate down 23%, sexual harassment up 38%
Security has improved on Brussels’ public transport with 1.576 cases of crime registered for the whole of police zones, a decrease of 23% or five out of six types of offenses being less frequent. But on the other hand the number of cases of sexual harassment has increased with 38%.
The figures are combined for both bus, tram an metro traffic from STIB/MIVB and railway traffic from SNCB/NMBS. A number of crime types recur every time, like physical violence (527 cases) being most frequent and theft with usage of violence without arms (456).
The latter is difficult to solve for police forces. “It’s complex to find the offenders, although these offenses are frequent in our zone”, says a spokesman for the Marlow zone (Uccle, Auderghem, Watermael-Botsfort).
Long term decrease
STIB/MIVB registered a total number of 790 cases and a decrease of 38% of cases of vandalism or distrubance of public order compared to 2015. But more important is the tendency on the long term, STIB/MIVB says, being a decrease of 7,6% over last four years.
Generally the decline is due to the enforcement of security in stations and on the public transport itself. More surveillance cameras are discouraging criminals, but also the increased number of police patrols since 2 to 3 years. “All zones have received subsidies for this and this has improved police presence”.