An integrated anti- tigerkidnapping programme has been tailormade for the Antwerp diamond industry, with a collaboration between the Local Police Antwerp and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre Security Office (AWDC SO). The primary objective of the integrated anti-tigerkidnapping program is to explain and assist in the prevention and the procedures that need to be applied in a tigerkidnapping in progress.
Ari Epstein, CEO AWDC: “We are fortunate that tigerkidnappings don’t happen often, but it’s crucial to prevent this type of crimes at all cost. Security is one of the important aspects we defined in our Strategic Plan, launched early 2012. In a first phase we restructured the AWDC Security Office, redefined it’s operations, coordination and communication and appointed Stephan Van Hauwe as Senior Security Coordinator. In a second phase we joined forces with the Local Police of Antwerp, the Province of Antwerp and the City of Antwerp to launch a series of Security Awareness Sessions, the first of which is this dediacted anti-tigerkidnapping program.”
Serge Muyters, Local Police Antwerp: “Early detection is key in this anti-tigerkidnapping program. A very important security measure is the creation of a clear risc analysis. The Antwerp police offers all members of the Antwerp diamond industry a professional and free of charge audit by trained specialists. They will audit your home and give you detailed technical advice on how you can improve the security in and around your house or office.”
Stephan Van Hauwe, Senior Security Coordinator, AWDC Security Office: “Research indicates that prevention measures through adequate organisation of home and office security are the most effective ones. This first Security Awareness Session on anti-tigerkidnapping marks the start of a series of monthly and ad hoc session, organized by AWDC SO and targeted at all stakeholders of the Antwerp diamond industry. In addition and similar to the model implemented by for example financial industry, we have initiated a ’Security Hotline’, where people can report unusual or suspicious activities.”
The Security Awareness Sessions are also supported by the Governor of Antwerp, Cathy Berx and the city’s Mayor, Bart De Wever. Cathy Berx, Governor Antwerp: “The implementation of strict safety measures and the launch of the Diamond Master Plan in February last year, are important steps towards an integrated diamond trading strategy for Antwerp.”