Berlin police officers and BVG security will once again patrol Berlin’s subways after a rash of subterranean crime raised fears in the Hauptstadt, according to Berliner Zeitung.
Five patrols comprised of two police officers and two BVG security guards will reportedly patrol the subways for a single eight-hour shift each day. The officers are likely to focus on nights, evenings and weekends when riders feel most insecure.
“We want to be seen and we want to be approachable,” Berliner Polizei President Klaus Kandt was quoted by the paper.
Berlin old-timers will recall similar patrols in the early aughts when two police men traveled with a single BVG security guard in an effort to battle crime. In 2003, 65 officers were assigned to such patrols, according to the paper.
Last year, Berlin officers spent 168,000 hours battling crime in the subway, equivalent to 140 full-time officers. That figure is now expected to climb to 200,000 hours, including the new patrols, according to Berliner Zeitung.
The patrols will focus on high-crime lines such as the U8, U2 and U9 as well as notorious stations such as Alexanderplatz, Kottbusser Tor, Osloer Strasse and Zoo.