Help us prevent and tackle subversive criminality

Criminals sometimes try to take advantage of our infrastructure, our operation and the businesses at Schiphol. As a logistical hub and gateway to the Netherlands and Europe, we are unfortunately also attractive to criminals. We are well aware of this at Schiphol, but it helps if you stay vigilant too. Will you help us prevent and tackle subversive criminality?

What is subversive criminality?

Subversive criminality is when organised crime attempts to take advantage of the processes and infrastructure of ordinary society . Examples of subversive criminality at Schiphol include somebody with a Schiphol Pass who passes on information about restricted areas or turns a blind eye to wrongdoing, a taxi driver or crew member who accepts and carries a package, wildlife trafficking, rogue valet parking or smuggled goods loaded onto a cargo plane. Luckily, this kind of activity is not widespread. However, it does happen. It undermines security at the airport and the reputation of employees at Schiphol who do act with integrity.

How can you recognise it?

It’s not always easy to spot the signs, but certain things may suggest subversive criminality. Is someone driving an unusually expensive car, does a colleague suddenly have designer label shoes or does someone ask to work with a particular colleague a bit too often? These things are mostly harmless, but they can also be a sign that something is wrong.

An insidious problem

The above examples may lead you to think that subversive crime is not such a serious issue. In fact, the opposite is true. It often involves large sums of money and criminals not averse to violence. Employees are sometimes put under pressure. And if you cooperated once, it’s not easy to get out of it the next time. That’s why subversive crime is often referred to an insidious problem. Watch this film to find out what we mean by that.

What can you do?

  • Be careful with the information you share, e.g. on social media.
  • Do not cooperate when (suspiciously) asked for information. What may seem innocent to you can be valuable information for criminals. This could be a photo of a specific location at the airport or a work schedule.
  • Never take anything through security for someone else.
  • Have you seen something suspicious or were you approached by someone? Report it! You can tell your manager, a confidential advisor within your company, the Royal Dutch Marechaussee or on the Meld Misdaad Anoniem website.

Stronger together

The Public Prosecution Service, Municipality Haarlemmermeer, Royal Dutch Marechausse, KLM and Schiphol have joined forces for a secure airport.