Security officers from several security companies may no longer enter the area of Sylte in Trollhättan without being escorted by police, reports Swedish Radio. This is the consequence after the trade union now has introduced a safeguard stop for the area.
The reason for the stop is the latest events where a security company car was vandalised and set on fire, and a preschool was burned down in the area.
- We are responsible for our members and we must ensure that they are not exposed to situations where they risk their life. One has to solve the problems that exist but it is nothing we can solve, said Ombudsman Lennart Sköld.
How long does the safeguard stop apply?
- As long as security officers can not perform their job safely.
The stop means that Sylte residents will be out of service, and burglars can now break in without any security officers responding to alarms, unless there is a police patrol available to escort them to the place.
Lennart Sköld calls the situation extreme.
- For security companies, it's my first time. And during my career I have been involved in safeguard stops twice. It's in extreme situations.
Sylte in Trollhättan is not listed as a "vulnerable area" in the list of no-go zones the police provided in June this year, so it's an expansion. The expansion will likely continue until the whole of Sweden is a no-go zone and people are afraid to go out everywhere.
Edit: New routines apply to the security company Securitas only, and as long as the company complies with the new requirements, there is no so-called safeguard stop for the company anymore.
The new requirements are that the company must be in contact with the police and ensure that the police are in the immediate vicinity when the company's security officers work in the area between eight o'clock in the evening until four o'clock in the morning.
Other companies are still forbidden to enter the area, although the police hope they will soon continue their work as normal and risk being pelted with stones, having their cars set on fire and unarmed go to job in yet another no-go zone in Sweden.
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