Only nets can prevent escapes

17th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 April 2007, BRUSSELS – Putting up nets is the only way to prevent more prisoners from attempting to escape via helicopter, says Francis Dejonc, director of the Lantin prisoner. These kinds of nets are already in use in France.

17 April 2007

BRUSSELS – Putting up nets is the only way to prevent more prisoners from attempting to escape via helicopter, says Francis Dejonc, director of the Lantin prisoner. These kinds of nets are already in use in France.

A prisoner managed to successfully escape by helicopter from the prison this weekend.

"This is the first time in Belgium that we are being confronted with this kind of phenomenon, but there have been several similar incidents in France. After that French prisons put down nets and suspended thick cords over the courtyards so that helicopters are not able to land there," the director said. He fears the successful prison break this weekend will put ideas in the heads of other prisoners.

The director said he was impressed with the helicopter pilot's skill. "I know the prison very well, and if someone had told me that a prisoner was going to try to escape via helicopter, I would not have put that much security at the particular spot where that pilot actually landed on Sunday. I would have never thought that a helicopter could land in such a small courtyard."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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