Criminal incidents recorded within the public transport system in Brussels decreased by 23% in 2016. This is stated in data from STIB and the SNCB, cited by La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure on Friday. However, cases of sexual violence have significantly increased.
Some 1,576 incidents were recorded on public transport throughout all Brussels police zones last year.
Five out of the six types of incidents are decreasing. Only cases of sexual violence have increased by 38%. The three types of recurrent incidents are physical violence (527), psychological violence (462) and violent thefts not involving weapons (456).
The reason for the general decrease in figures is the strengthening of security at entrances and exits, and on public transport. The provision of extra police for recurrent patrols over the last two to three years is also bearing fruit.