Belgium: a meeting to support Prevention Strategic Plans

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In light of the recent announcement by the Belgian government to renew local authorities’ Security and Prevention Strategic Plans for a period of only six months rather than four years, as was the case until now, the Belgian Forum for Prevention and Urban safety called for a protest meeting on January 19, at Brussels main town hall. A total of 102 local communities have a Security and Prevention Strategic Plan, under which 3,078 people are employed.

For over 20 years, the Belgian government has been supporting local communities in their security and crime prevention policy through these Strategic Plans. They include action programmes in fields as varied as the prevention of the feeling of insecurity among inhabitants, coexistence among neighbours, increasing security measures for professionals exposed to danger, and also helping victims.