Belgium’s main forensic lab in Brussels was hit by unknown arsonists at the end of last month. The facility contained physical evidence of many criminals, including people accused of terrorism. While much of the evidence had been digitized, not having physical forensic evidence could cause problems in court. However, the incident shed light on the lack of security in Belgium. A fence and cameras were the only defenses the facility had against the intruders. In March of this year, another DNA laboratory was hit by arson, and other such facilities have been targeted in past years. Trespassers have also breached security at Belgium’s nuclear power plants. What is to stop a terrorist from destroying evidence or getting his or her hands on radioactive material? Why hasn’t Belgium increased its security at these sites after what has happened in the past? Does Belgium have a responsibility to secure these sites in order to keep its citizens and the rest of the world safe?

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