Belgian news in brief, 1 July 2004

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'Smart cameras' keep tabs on crime

'Smart cameras' keep tabs on crime

Authorities are launching a project involving surveillance cameras to combat crime along the nation's coast. It is hoped the cameras will detect car thefts and also lost children. In a later project, the cameras will be used to identify criminals. The pioneer system will be launched on 4 July, 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported. Continuous footage will be relayed to a central surveillance post. The 'smart cameras' will be able to pinpoint number plates in traffic or the characteristics of missing children. Following a trial project using eight cameras on the west coast, 60 will now be installed along the coastline. The cameras in Kent, Britain, led to a sharp fall in crime.

Record number of bankruptcies

Some 853 businesses went bankrupt in June, a rise of 7.1 percent compared with the same month in 2004. The number of bankruptcies in June this year is the highest ever recorded in a month, 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported. The previous record of 840 was set in September 2004, economic research bureau Graydon said on Friday.

Traffic delays as holidays start
Summer holidays have started in Belgium, heralding the mass exodus to destinations all over Europe. Those heading south have been warned to expect heavy traffic congestion throughout the weekend in Belgium and France. Motorists have been urged to try and avoid road construction works. The three favourite holiday destinations for Belgians are France, followed by Spain and Italy

Summer shopping sales start

The first day of the summer bargains started with a bang on Friday as shopkeepers welcomed more customers compared with last year. People were seen waiting for stores to open both in city and suburbs, the retail and warehouse federation Fedis said. The central business council said shops expect a 3 percent rise in turnover by summer sales.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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