Van­dals foil po­lice pa­trols

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The de­ploy­ment of 200 un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers has failed to thwart at­tacks on newly in­stalled elec­tronic ticket sys­tems in Athens de­signed to crack down on fare dodgers as van­dal­ism of ticket val­i­da­tion ma­chines in buses and ticket bar­ri­ers at train sta­tions is oc­cur­ring on an al­most daily ba­sis, Kathimerini un­der­stands. Mean­while, although po­lice pa­trols re­cently be­gan on the Athens metro and Ki­fis­sia-Pi­raeus elec­tric rail­way (ISAP) net­works, van­dals have re­port­edly hit be­tween shifts. Of­fi­cials at Athens Ur­ban Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OASA) and the In­fras­truc­ture Min­istry say re­spon­si­bil­ity for se­cu­rity is­sues lies with the Greek Po­lice (ELAS). ELAS has in the past said it does not have enough staff to ad­dress the prob­lem.

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