Crime prevention measures
To deal with these public safety problems, the Metro Company of
Amsterdam has decided to turn the tables and initiate crime prevention
programs. These initiatives have already resulted in positive
changes in the feelings of (un)safety among both passengers and
metro personnel. When compared with the feelings of safety for
the previous year, more metro passengers felt safer (35%) than
less safe (21%) in 1994. Among the personnel, 17% felt safer and
none of the respondents felt less safe. Most of the crime prevention
measures taken since 1993 are directed towards the smartening
up of the metro stations and expansion of the amount of formal
control. All stations and trains are made and kept graffiti-free.
Right now, plans are being developed to change the open accessibility
of the system by introducing automated fare collection gates in
combination with increased ticket inspections. This is to repel
the level of fare evasion and discourage the presence of loitering
junkies, vagrants, and drunks within the system. The new construction
of the North-South Line will be based on the principles and guidelines
presented in this book.
Source: López, M.J.J., Crime Prevention
Guidelines for the Construction & Management of Metro Systems,
Den Haag: RCM-advies 1996, pg. 30-32.