Liedekerke is like many other towns and cities for the last two months have been plagued by burglars. Mainly the residential areas to get the heavy to endure. There was now a process will start to buurtinformatienetwerken to launch, but several residents remain pending not throw in the towel. “Many say that something must be done, and that action should be,” says Steven Van Ginderdeuren. “Well, I and Stefaan Vanhuylenbroeck have taken action. Quickly we got a grab acclaim and currently there are fifteen teams active, each with two to three people. In the afternoon, start the rounds with the car, until sometimes after midnight. Others unite to feet walking around, while they walk the dog. It comes to both men and women, young and old.” Even for christmas eve, and there are already six teams, and also for new year's eve, there are interested parties.
every two hours, there are two teams on the road, afterwards take other members. Residents and members of the burgerpatrouille keep each other informed about suspicious cases and their position via chat groups on Facebook and WhatsApp. “The risk of search we do not. Thus, it is not the intention to step out,” says Steven. “We are no cowboys. Weapons are out of the question – only a flashlight we have. In suspicious cases we drive a couple of times along or parking in the neighborhood. If the suspects flee, whether the situation really suspicious appears, alerting we to the police and let them handle it. Defendants themselves summarize, we do not – for our own safety. The police are doing what they can, but everywhere present at the same time, obviously does not succeed. We want them so only support and do that in all openness. We are concerned citizens, often with a private household and want the feelings to disappear. So can everyone in our church again with a clear heart at full life and go out. Liedekerke must be back of us.”
Thursday night were still three fleeing suspects noted in the Elzenlaan. The police came on the spot, but the suspects could not be found. Later in the evening, three persons intercepted, but they were found to be involved in a drugszaak – so apart from the earlier incident. According to chief of police Dirk Meert have the patrols -where he is not in favor of is - so far not yet to the arrest of possible burglars led. Also when other interventions could not constitute an offence to be proven.