BNP Paribas Fortis recently sent security officers with employees walking from the office to Brussels North Station after a late shift. A spokeswoman for the bank confirmed that the bank took this action after several incidents of verbal abuse.
Brussels channel BX1 broke the news, and its spokeswoman Hilda Junius confirmed: that the bank is sending bodyguards along with the bank’s call center staff who have to go to Brussels North between 8 pm and 10 pm. Their office is located near the station, on Vooruitstraat.
Junius says there have been no serious accidents. However, there was verbal abuse and a “general feeling of insecurity” around the station, she says. There are a lot of loafers on the street, especially women, who receive inappropriate comments. The police are aware of the problem and will conduct additional patrols. In the coming days and weeks, larger operations will be carried out and consideration will be given to whether other measures can be taken to improve security in the neighbourhood.
The municipalities in question have already announced a ban on alcohol consumption on public roads near the North Station between 8pm and 8am.
The neighborhood has always been known to be unsafe. When 2,600 community education officials moved to Tour & Taxis in 2017, Safety tips have been put in place after a number of accidents.
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