A study by the interior ministry has found that theft, car crime and the threat of violence are the crimes experienced most frequently by Brussels residents. The security monitor, conducted by the Federal Public Service (FPS) of the Interior, questioned a sample of 12,000 residents to examine what crime they had experienced and how safe they felt in the city.

The report concluded that the overall perception of security in Brussels was unchanged since 2002, despite recent incidences of violent crime in the city. Damage to cars was the most prevalent problem, accounting for 39.59 per cent of all crimes against households.