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The police will chase the extreme rightists and leftists and the citizens will seek safety in security firms

16 May 2011 / 22:05:58  GRReporter
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Joint campaigns with the participation of 900 members of the DIAS and DELTA police officers are planning the Greek police officers and the Ministry for Citizens Protection. The aim is to prevent attacks by members of right-wing groups and anarchists in Agios Panteleymonas, Omonia, Ekzarchia and other "sensitive" areas in downtown Athens.

The officers have divided the "problematic" area into 39 sectors to ensure the fastest possible police intervention in cases of racist attack or "special operations" by the anarchists, like those held in recent days.

In practice, it is about joining the DIAS and DELTA forces, which have had a different field of action and their actions were independent.

The main part of the new operations is assigned to 590 men from DIAS who will intervene immediately in case of attacks by far rightists on foreigners or provocative actions by anarchists. So far, the DIAS officers had to prevent thefts and robberies and arrest criminals at the scene. From now on, they will be supported by 310 motorcyclists from the DELTA squad who have been entrusted so far solely to prevent the attacks by anarchists in central Athens.

Meanwhile, the crime and destruction that occur during the frequent clashes during protests is forcing more and more citizens to seek help from private security firms. According to a research, over the last years there is an increase in the security services by 16% and in the sales of alarm systems by 13%.

According to the members of the federation of the employees of security companies in Greece, "in recent years, the company has received dozens of calls daily from citizens who wanted security systems to be installed but did not decide to buy them because of the high prices. Currently, many shops in downtown Athens with installed security systems are guarded by trained staff but have difficulty in paying because of the crisis and they ask for a price reduction."

According to them, several years ago, house managers offered them to take the security of the apartments, but the demand for these services has decreased due to high prices.

Experts say that owners of small shops in areas with high crime install security systems that are connected to the operational centres of security companies and usually are not willing to pay for physical security of the site. According to the guards, a good alarm system is worth a thousand euros.

But demand is so great that large companies and government offices hold tenders to select the security firm that will install the security system. Trade unionists, however, state that "you get what you pay for in security too. Low prices mean low quality services."

Tags: SocietyPoliceExtreme rightExtreme leftForeignersAttacksSecurity companies
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