Public transit stations in Brussels, Belgium, are becoming ‘no-go zones’ due to an increase in crime and violence often perpetrated by migrants, according to local media.
Increasing criminal activity on public transportation and at train and bus stations, most notably Brussels-North station, has created a security crisis that is pushing transit employees to the breaking point.
“During a ticket check, someone pulled a knife and shouted, ‘No one is going to stop me!'” an anonymous security guard told Der Morgen. “Only when the policemen who came with us drew their weapons did the man put down his knife. That happened a few months ago, at a tram checkpoint.”
Incidents like these are becoming “daily fare,” SCEPTR reports, citing local officials.
“Brussels-North is a stopping place for illegal immigrants who cause nuisance, drug problems and waste problems. Stabbings, skirmishes and other crimes are the order of the day, in and around the metro stations.”
Law enforcement officials say they are already understaffed city-wide, and few resources can be redirected to the transit security agencies.
“There have certainly been efforts in the area of safety in recent years,” says spokeswoman An Van Hamme. “But real police work remains, of course, the task of the police.”
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