Title: Optimizing Security Policies and Practices in the Port of Antwerp: Actors' Perceptions and Recommendations
Authors: De Boeck, Arne ×
Reniers, Genserik
Cools, Marc
Easton, Marleen
Van Den Herrewegen, Evelien #
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Publisher: Southampton: WIT Press
Series Title: International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering vol:4 issue:1 pages:1-16
Abstract: The Port of Antwerp is the second largest harbor in Europe. Security and policing activities within the
port area are frequent, diversifi ed and involve many different actors (federal and local goverments,
law enforcement agencies, emergency services etc.). To make security measures work, it is not only
important that responsibilities and competences of these actors are unambiguously fi xed but also that
there is suffi cient cooperation and coordination among them. In this article we extensively analyze
existing policy arrangements within the Port of Antwerp region for four security phenomena, that is,
port-related crime, threats, emergency situations and events and incidents. To this end, we developed an
innovative assessment scheme to analyze and evaluate multi-actor collaborations. Based on extensive
in-depth interviewing and actors’ perceptions and points of consideration, in combination with state-ofthe-
art insights described in literature, we formulate recommendations on how to improve the present
security arrangements situation, within current limitations (short-term), as well as thinking out of the
box (long-term).
ISSN: 2041-9031
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC)
Research Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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