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Legislation

The electronic security sector is subject to extensive and extremely complex legislation relevant to the security company and its employees, as well as its end users.

Protecting an apartment, school, royal palace, bookshop, jewellers, national bank, chemicals factory, nuclear power station, military base, church, museum, concert hall, warehouse for dangerous goods, underground station or airport, against theft, fraud, vandalism, fire, hostage taking or attack …. cannot be improvised.

The human, ecological, material, industrial or financial consequences can be catastrophic. This is why our business sector falls under the direct authority of the FOBZ (Federal Public Service Internal Affairs) and therefore of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Legislation regarding the installation design, maintenance and use of an alarm system is addressed by the Royal Decree (KB) of 24 April 2007. In this decree, the legislator stipulates that all users of alarm systems must register their installations at a “contact centre”. This “contact centre” will become officially operational as from 1 September 2009 and be named ALINE: ALarm INformation Exchange.

WHO MUST REGISTER?
All users of alarm systems that are not linked to an alarm receiving centre (dispatching).*
(*) Installations that are linked to a recognized alarm receiving centre (dispatching) are registered automatically. Therefore, if your system is linked to a recognized alarm receiving centre, there is nothing you need to do.

WHICH REQUIREMENTS DO YOU NEED TO SATISFY IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THIS LEGISLATION?
You must register or de-register your system:
• within 10 days of the commissioning of the alarm system
• within 10 days after a change to any of the required data
• within 10 days of the de-commissioning of the alarm system

For existing installations, the registration must occur before 1 March 2010.
Important: The registration that you made previously with the local police based on your log book is no longer valid. You must therefore re-register your system in accordance with the above-mentioned stipulations.

HOW DO YOU REGISTER YOUR SYSTEM AT A CONTACT POINT?
To register your installation, you must complete the appropriate form on the www.policeonweb.be website. Thereafter, you must visit the website once a year to check that your registration details are up-to-date.

WHAT DO YOU NEED IN ORDER TO REGISTER?
A computer that is linked to an electronic identity card (or a “token” – information about this “token” can be found on the website).

WHAT ARE YOUR RISKS IF YOU FAIL TO REGISTER YOUR ALARM SYSTEM OR KEEP YOUR INFORMATION UP-TO-DATE?
Administrative fines can be imposed by the Federal Government’s Ministry of the Interior if you do not comply with these legal procedures (these administrative fines generally start from €250 and increase incrementally in the event of repeated non-compliance). Furthermore, if your alarm system is not registered, intervention by the police will not be possible as they will not know your user number (which you will receive after registration). This user number also enables the police to quickly find all your details when required.
COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS ACT
The Surveillance Cameras Act (21 March 2007) and the new Belgian Royal Decree of 21/08/2009 determine the regulations for the installation, use, notification and registration of surveillance cameras. Infringements will cost you dearly with fines ranging from € 250 to € 1000. So don’t take any risks.

1. Observe the relevant directives for each location
Do you wish to install your cameras in an unenclosed place, an enclosed place open to the public or an enclosed place not open to the public? This is important since there are different directives for each location type. Ask VAG Security for advice.

2. You are obliged to register your surveillance camera
You are obliged to register your camera surveillance system with the Commission for the Protection of Privacy. Do this on www.privacycommission.be one day prior to commissioning at the latest. This electronic notification procedure costs € 25.
Tips for smooth notification
  • Click on ‘notification’ on the Home page.
  • Click on ‘make a new thematic notification’.
  • Click on ‘You are responsible for the installation and use of a surveillance camera in an unenclosed place’.
  • Are you making the notification for one site? Then click on ‘notification to be made for one site under camera surveillance’.


3. You are obliged to indicate your camera surveillance with pictograms.
The Surveillance Cameras Act states: indicate your surveillance cameras with a sign. Therefore hang warning pictograms at every entrance up to the area where filming takes place prior to commissioning. The signs need to comply with the stipulations of the Belgian Royal Decree.

Order your personalised pictograms at VAG Security
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