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Berlin underground scares passengers

The Local · 26 Sep 2012, 12:04

Published: 26 Sep 2012 12:04 GMT+02:00

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A survey of more than 1,000 people using the U-Bahn last summer showed most felt safer in the underground during the day, and that they largely wanted increased visible presence of police and security officers.

The study was conducted by the city’s public transport operator BVG and published by the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper on Wednesday.

“We have been calling for more security personnel on the train platforms for a long time,” Jens Wieseke, spokesman for IGEB, Berlin’s passengers’ association, told the paper.

“It is not just a matter of having the subjective feeling of being safe, but is also goes to good customer service.”

BVG underground director Hans-Christian Kaiser said the agency was in the midst of initial discussions on how to increase the security presence on the platforms, the paper said.

After two brutal attacks on the city’s U-Bahn drew national attention last year, local politicians took up the issue of safety in the underground. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit held a security summit on the issue, and issued his own plan for combating security issues.

That plan called for, among other things, more police and security personnel on the underground lines, but new police units would not be ready for deployment until fall 2013, the paper said.

Opposition parties in Berlin made U-Bahn safety a campaign issue during the city-state elections last autumn.

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The current survey showed passengers giving much higher marks for the underground train system’s speed and punctuality.

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Your comments about this article

18:42 September 26, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Kottbusser Tor in the photo. I wouldnt go to that station without a bodyguard even during the day.
19:56 September 26, 2012 by romber58
@Berlin fuer alles

What a fukin little wimp you must be to say that..

I bet the bodyguard you talk about is your mama... holding your hand.

20:10 September 26, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
nope romber, the body guard is your mama. I need someone big and ugly with hair on her back.
21:04 September 26, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
My personal favourite: Yo mama so ugly that when she went to a beautician, it took 12 hours... to get a quote!
09:55 September 27, 2012 by Withnail001
I like Kottbusser Tor, It is like an adventure trip! never ceases to amaze me with something new!
16:55 September 28, 2012 by Zobirdie
Grotti Kotti.... I hate that station... but I usually feel safe on the trains.... I have had a few incidents at night of Turkish guys boxing me in in a group of four seats and harassing me in the environs of Neukölln and Wedding... but when I have gotten up to leave, nothing has happened.

It was uncomfortable, but would increased security actually help that? Germans seem to 'not notice' things like that. Can't imagine that there security would intervene.
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