Jambon wishes to extend airport security system to stations

The Minister of the Interior, Jan Jambon, has the intention of extending the security system put in place at Brussels Airport to major railway stations and other places, where large numbers of people tend to gather.

It makes this known yesterday (Thursday).

The tents located at the national airport following the March 22nd attacks last year gave way to ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras. These allow for the detection of licensing plates.

In addition, smart cameras allowing for the detection of faces and a behaviourist approach, focused on the behaviour of visitors and passengers have been used.

The new system is bearing fruit, the Minister’s spokesperson says.

The new Chief of the Aeronautical police in Zaventem, Jo Decuyper, indicated in the middle of December that over a period of less than a month, thirty people with a link to terrorism, or more generally involving state security, were thus spotted.

This was due to the use of “BDOs” (Behavior Detection Officers).

The issue of security in major railway stations has, once again, become centre stage since the discovery of the route taken by the man suspected of perpetrating the Berlin attack, Anis Amri.

On the evening of December 21st, as part his escape route he is thought to have spent two hours at the Brussels Gare du Nord.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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