Following a spate of violent incidents, including multiple stabbings at Oslo Central Station (Oslo S), railway infrastructure company Bane Nor is ramping up security measures. The move comes in response to the rising concern over public safety in Norway, and the need for a stronger police presence at the station to deter potential criminal activity.
Concern Over Rising Criminal Activity
Knut Øyvind Ruud Johansen, Director of Stations at Bane Nor, has voiced his concern over the incidents which are seen as internal disputes within criminal circles. While these incidents are relatively rare, their seriousness has raised alarm bells. The most notable of these was the stabbing of a 17-year-old boy who sustained serious injuries.
In response to the growing concern, Bane Nor is taking decisive action by increasing the number of security guards at Oslo S, especially with the looming holiday season. The aim is to provide a visible deterrent to criminal activity and reassure the public of their safety.
Police Presence and Resource Allocation
Joakim Dyrdal, acting leader for the Oslo police's central unit, noted that police visibility at the station varies based on resource availability and the prioritization of other incidents. While the police have recently increased their presence around Oslo S, Dyrdal stressed that this could change depending on the situation and resource demands.
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