The number of pickpocketing incidents in stations and trains went from 2,429 in 2011 to 1,044 in 2015, figures from the SNCB and various police services operating on the railway network show. These have been published by La Dernière Heure today (Friday). Thus only a total of 620 bags, items, suitcases and wallets were snatched in 2015, compared to 1,381 in 2011.
The state company explains this striking decrease by investments made to ensure commuter security. More than 757 new cameras were installed by the SNCB during the past year, bringing the total number of such security devices to 9,057.
The appointment of the new agents Securail, as well as the massive police and military presence in the country’s main stations, has equally had a positive impact on the overall figures.