According to statistics revealed by former Interior Minister, Jan Jambon (N-VA), pick-pocketing rose again in 2017 at railway stations in Belgium, reported news outlet La Capitale.
1048 pick-pocketing incidents in railway stations were recorded in 2017, compared to 825 in 2016.
These statistics show that the municipality of Saint-Gilles has the most pick-pocketing in a public transport station and more particularly in the station of Brussels-Midi (256 facts). The municipality of Brussels (which counts the stations of Brussels-Central and Brussels-North in its territory) follows with 240 incidents.
Schaerbeek follows with 150 recorded incidents. The other communes, outside the capital, follow from a distance: Ghent (63), Antwerp (59) and Liege (44).
The pick-pocketing in the train stations, however, represent “only” 4.5% of the 23,658 complaints registered in 2017.