Leipzig’s gun ban zone is to be abolished. On Tuesday, the city and police presented measures with which they want to continue to ensure peace.
The measures were divided into seven categories, all of which aim to improve both the actual security situation and the subjective feeling of security on Eisenbahnstraße, said Leipzig’s mayor Heiko Rosenthal (Die Linke) during the presentation.
The categories include items such as crime in general, improving road safety and dealing with drug-related crime.
At the same time, however, the city also wants to take more committed action against illegally disposed waste, ensure more order and ensure more encounters in order to improve neighborly cohesion in the surrounding districts of Volksmarsdorf and Neustadt-Neuschönefeld.
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This is to be achieved, among other things, by setting up a permanent police station. Because no suitable accommodation has been found so far, the city and police want to set up a container guard in the parking lot in front of the Aldi.
According to Leipzig’s chief of police, René Demmler, this will be in place by next year at the latest. The end of the ban zone is not dependent on the guard, he said. “I have good hope that the repeal will not take another year.”
The police and public order office want to increase their control and tracking activities in the area. The bicycle patrol will also be used more frequently in the future. In addition, both authorities are planning a personnel recruitment and training offensive to focus on the multicultural character of the two districts.
Also in terms of drugs, the increased presence should serve as a disruptive factor. The city wants to strictly prevent consumption in the vicinity of certain places and areas such as schools and daycare centers, at the same time special syringe disposal containers are to be installed at particularly frequented points. In addition, an information campaign is planned “to provide open and honest information about the topic and also to present the difficulties,” says Rosenthal.
A multilingual “Social Space for Neighborhood” campaign is also planned. The city wants to expand meeting opportunities as well as the help point system, for example, it works together with the job center. A day-care center is to be expanded as a consultation facility.
With regard to the waste situation, among other things, the implementation of the “Environmental Detectives” project is planned from 2023.
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In November 2018, Saxony’s first weapons ban zone was set up along the Eisenbahnstraße. An evaluation a year later showed that the number of armed attacks could actually be reduced. However, the measure had hardly any positive effects on the rest of the crime scene. “Eisenbahnstrasse is still a crime hotspot,” said police chief Demmler on Tuesday. “However, the no-gun zone was not the appropriate solution.”
Leipzig’s Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung (64, SPD) should now agree a binding date for the lifting of the zone with the Saxon Ministry of the Interior. The new measures are to be further documented and reviewed in the coming years. Another evaluation is planned for 2025.