Safe enterprise hallmark in The Hague city centre
The Hague city centre received the Safe Enterprise Hallmark (KVO) early inNovember 2004. Entrepreneurs, the police and the municipality now carry out theagreed action items together.
How can The Hague tackle safety in the shopping area systematically and bringit to a higher level?
The KVO is a method for working on safety in an area that is full ofactivity. The entire city centre of The Hague has held this hallmark sinceNovember 2004. This means that entrepreneurs, the police and the municipalityare working together towards an attractive, safe and clean city centre. Theyhave concluded agreements in respect of this. The KVO's strength lies in thebroad and simultaneous approach on many fronts. All these combined measuresensure increased safety and feeling of safety in the shopping area.
The KVO is not a one-off campaign, but a continuous plan of action. In orderto retain the hallmark for the centre of the city, the Haagland police force andthe municipality have drawn up a joint plan of action. In consultation withentrepreneurs, the municipality is to take care of better lighting, for examplealong the pedestrian route from Turfmarkt to Spui. Entrepreneurs are also toconclude contracts with refuse collectors to ensure that refuse collection ismore efficient. Shop security will improve through collaboration between shopsecurity services and a more intensive collaboration between private securityfirms and the police. Alongside the regular controls, the fire brigade willadvise entrepreneurs with respect to fire safety.
The aim is to have reduced both crime and nuisance by 25 percent in 2006 andto have increased the residents’ feeling of security.
By: Kevin de Kok,