Information network to improve security at Antwerp port
The Antwerp port area’s new Neighbourhood Information Network is a sort of crimewatch involving police, business and customs
Port of Antwerp is susceptible to criminal activity
The results are thefts, vandalism and environmental offences, according to Stanny De Vlieger, director of the federal judicial police in Antwerp. BIN, he said, will put companies in closer contact with police to report suspicious movements or activities; police can then send out messages to other companies warning them to be vigilant.
“Thanks to better information management,” said the Port Authority in a statement, “the police will be able to react more rapidly whenever suspect activities are noted, which will have a deterrent effect on people of criminal intent.”
Only last week police reported an increase in the amount of waste being dumped in the harbour deriving from the production of synthetic drugs such as ecstasy and amphetamines. Last year it was discovered that malware had been installed on computers of companies working in the port to allow criminals to trace containers used for smuggling drugs.
BIN was signed by representatives of the Port Authority, police, customs and the mayors of the port area municipalities of Antwerp, Beveren and Zwijndrecht.
Photo courtesy of Port of Antwerp
Port of Antwerp
barges entering the port daily
companies in the greater port area
tonnes of freight handled in 2012