Operation in Brokstedt after the deadly knife attack on January 25th
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In 2022, the Federal Police registered a total of 398,848 criminal offenses on trains and at stations, twelve percent more than in the previous year.
This is the result of an evaluation by the federal police, which the "Bild am Sonntag" reports on.
14,155 of these crimes were bodily harm.
According to the report, the number of violent crimes with knives amounts to 336 - more than twice as many as in the previous year.
On the trains (i.e. excluding stations), the federal police counted 82 knife attacks, 33 attacks with irritants, 97 attacks with "other dangerous tools" such as baseball bats and five attacks with weapons, such as pistols.
The number of sex offenses increased from 697 to 857.
The proportion of "non-Germans" among the suspects in cases of serious physical injury, robbery, murder and manslaughter was 55.5 percent, according to "BamS".
The double murder in a regional express near Hamburg brought the issue of knife crime on trains into the public eye.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) told the "BamS" about the case: "I understand anyone who wonders why this violent criminal was released so quickly and whether everything was done to check whether he was a danger to others.
The judiciary must address this question.
It is also necessary to check carefully whether he could have been expelled – as difficult as that is legally, especially for stateless people.«
Alexander Throm (CDU), the Union's domestic policy spokesman, on the other hand, blames Faeser for the slow pace of deportations from Germany.
»For more than a year, the traffic light has been promising its repatriation offensive for offenders and those who are at risk.
None of that happened.
On the contrary – under this federal government, fewer and fewer offenders and dangerous people are being brought back,” Throm told the “Bild am Sonntag”.
CSU traffic expert Ulrich Lange told the newspaper: »Train travel must be safe, and of course we need sufficient federal police and DB security for this.
But even the best organization doesn't stand a chance when insane perpetrators are out and about.
It's a mistake in the system that stateless criminals are almost certain of being deported." The CSU politician is therefore calling for faster measures: "The EU is paying hundreds of millions in support to the Palestinian territories, then you have to be able to demand that people be deported there .
A welcoming culture without reasonable deportation options does not work.«