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Thursday 16 February 2017, 11:40
Personnel of Deutsche Bahn AG will use body worn cameras in Cologne during carnival

German personnel of the Deutsche Bahn AG  (German railway company) will start wearing body worn cameras during Carnaval in Cologne. The results of earlier tests were promising, most of the recordings weren’t even needed afterwards. Prevention is the key and it seems to work.

Deterrent effect
In the first half of 2016 there were around 1.100 recorded violent crimes against safety personnel and conductors. This was an increase of 28 procent during the same period in 2015. As a response Deutsch Bahn started a pilot in Berlin to increasing protecting of their employees: they received body worn cameras. A spokesperson of Deutsche Bahn stated that it’s time to revalue the balance of safety and privacy. The body worn cameras are, according to him, a digital ‘police hound’. The use of bodycams scares people in a way that they will think twice about committing physical violence.

No more physical violence
The results are impressive. During the 4.000 hours that made use of body worn cameras no one became a victim of physical violence. In ten cases it was necessary to save the recordings for later use and in four cases the police needed the recordings to try to recognize the attackers. Also the German police claims the new technology works.