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    A security plan to combat crime at Zaventem

    The new Hal Vilvorde Prosecutor, Ine Van Wymersch, wants to put a security plan in place to combat criminal activity at Zaventem airport. Mrs Van Wymersch spoke to La Dernière Heure on Saturday.

    The airport will have a holistic view of the departure lounge, runways and the delivery area to help combat terrorist threats and smuggling activities (drugs, false documents, counterfeits).

    “Zaventem airport is a mini-village. Police zones have had to put a security plan in place, but there is not one for the airport. I think that will have to change as there are many different security organisations working at Brussels airport: Customs, Airport police, Federal judicial police etc. We need them to cooperate more, but to do that we need an overall picture of what is happening at the airport. To say we don’t receive enough information at the moment is putting it mildly. We need much more”, the Prosecutor said.

    She hopes to have everything in place by the end of her five-year mandate, which started in March.

    Mrs Van Wymersch thinks more police would help improve cooperation between the different services at the airport. 

    Sarah Johansson
    The Brussels Times