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    Belgium operates citizen groups for local crime prevention

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    © Belga

    Local Partnership Prevention groups work with the police to identify and report about attempted burglaries and other suspected crimes in their neighborhoods. La Dernière Heure reported on Wednesday (20 July) that the number of the groups has been steadily  increasing in recent years.

    According to figures from the Federal Home Affairs ministry, there were 745 neighborhood watch groups (PLP) throughout the country in 2015. In 2016 the number increased by 23 % to 913.

    The concept is well established in Flanders, where it was first developed. No less than 432 PLP exist in the provinces of Antwerp and 233 in East Flanders. In Wallonia, there are some 30 groups in the provinces of Liege, Hainaut and Brabant Wallon. There are only three groups in the Brussels region.

    The Brussels Times (Source: Belga)