In local and long-distance trains German train (DB) there were more than 2000 attacks on employees last year. In the nine months to the end of September, there were 2,325 attacks on DB employees, as a spokeswoman for the railway and transport union (EVG) told the editorial network Germany. It can be assumed that the total number will be higher in 2022 and will “significantly exceed” the number of the previous year, 2582 attacks.
EVG boss Martin Burkert told the RND that there had been massive attacks. “There were even life-threatening injuries.” According to the union, the reason for violence against employees was often the mask requirement. “The fact that masks are finally compulsory will hopefully lead to a decrease in violence because the railway employees no longer have to deal with those who refuse to wear masks.”
Burkert called for more police presence on long-distance trains. “We basically need federal police on board every long-distance train. That’s why the jobs of the federal police have to be increased,” he told the RND newspapers on Monday. In local transport, regular rides by DB Sicherheit are necessary. The employer has to take care of that. The costs would have to be borne by those who ordered local transport in the federal states.
More surveillance required
“Essential” is also the monitoring of the train stations by cameras. Although this does not prevent attacks, the clear-up rate in a pilot project in Nuremberg is over 90 percent. “We need this sense of security, which is transported via cameras, in every train station in Germany,” said Burkert.
The Police Union (GdP) proposed a train station security strategy. “We have to draw conclusions from the number of attacks on railway workers. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser must launch a train station strategy and an investment package to strengthen the federal police force,” GdP boss Jochen Kopelke told RND.
Better prioritization of the capacities of Federal Police and state police, so that more police officers could be present in the train stations and they could be on site more quickly after receiving emergency calls from trains. The strategy must also take into account the situation in hot spots and the fact that a particularly large number of people take the train at peak times.