Van­dal­ism at Eirini ISAP sta­tion re­veals gaps in se­cu­rity

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The van­dal­ism car­ried out by a group of some 200 peo­ple at the elec­tric rail­way sta­tion (ISAP) in Eirini, north­ern Athens, on Wed­nes­day night has high­lighted the seem­ing in­abil­ity of au­thor­i­ties to pre­vent re­peated at­tacks on in­fra­struc­ture be­long­ing to the Athens pub­lic trans­port net­work.

Ac­cord­ing to the Athens Ur­ban Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OASA), the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the pro­tec­tion of pub­lic prop­erty lies with the po­lice. How­ever, many sta­tions are forced to rely on pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pa­nies.

“There is a se­ri­ous se­cu­rity prob­lem be­cause pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pany em­ploy­ees do not have the train­ing,” said Spy­ros Re­vithis, the pres­i­dent of the union rep­re­sent­ing Athens metro work­ers.

Work­ers of STASY, the op­er­a­tor of Athens’s fixed-track pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, have pro­posed the cre­ation of their own se­cu­rity ser­vice.

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