Christine Mattheeuws, a spokeswoman for the National Union of Independent Professionals, told the daily Gazet van Antwerpen that more and more employers seem to be arming themselves against theft by their own staff: "Research shows that 39% of shop theft is committed by staff. Shop owners are fed up to their back teeth. Camera images can be decisive in a decision to dismiss somebody for urgent reasons."
The Privacy Commission's Eva Wiertz sees other reasons too for the increase: "We think it is simply easier, financially and technically, to install cameras. It's the logical consequence of the modernisation of surveillance. Via cameras, it's a lot easier."
You can't install a camera at a place of work without authorisation. All employees must be personally notified that they may be filmed. The images may only be consulted if there is a strong suspicion that theft is occurring or company goods are being damaged.