Six weeks after the fatal attack on a child at Frankfurt Central Station, the German government and Deutsche Bahn have agreed on stricter security measures at train stations. As reported by the German Press Agency, citing government circles, the video surveillance should be expanded and the Federal Police at stations be present.
This was decided when Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (both CSU) met representatives of the railway. A spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry then spoke of a "very constructive" conversation. The results should therefore be informed on Thursday.
The occasion for the peak meeting was an attack in Frankfurt am Main on July 29, when a man at the main train station had struck an eight-year-old boy and his mother in front of an arriving ICE. The child died in the track bed, the mother was able to save the last second and was injured. The suspect was caught right after the attack. He has been temporarily housed in a psychiatric hospital since the end of August.
"More presence at busy stations"
Seehofer had announced after the fact to want to talk to the Federal Ministry of Transport and the railway about how to increase the security at stations. Among other things, he had demanded that more police patrols should be on the way. The federal police, which is subordinate to Seehofer, had announced then, "want to strengthen their presence, especially at the busy stations".
The Union of Police (GdP) criticized immediately before the meeting of Seehofer, Scheuer and the railway managers a far-reaching shortage of staff, which exists since 1992. "The rail police was reinforced at junctions, but deducted from the area," said GdP Vice President Jörg Radek the newspapers of the spark media group. "For example, for Thuringia we have a railway police inspection, which is responsible for the entire area of the state." This could result in travel times of up to two hours if, for example, playing children were reported on railway tracks. Radek called on the Federal Interior Minister to correct these abuses.
At the same time, Radek accused the railway of lacking support. The federal police needed more and better guards at the stations, he told the Südwestrundfunk. "I still see services without barrier-free access, I still see departments where we have unannounced visitors in the form of cockroaches," criticized the trade unionist.