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Zurich pays millions for private security companies

local councillor Christina Schiller (AL) and the municipal Council, Luca Maggi (Green) are afraid of nothing less than the erosion of the state monopoly on violence. "In the public space, more and more tasks are taken over by private security services. This is a cause for concern," write the local politicians in a written request to the city Council. At the same time there is in the city of Zurich is no public Overview of how many such orders have issued to the city on private security companies. To such a list, the two asked the city Council has put the desired Numbers in his response open.

from the beginning Of 2014 to 7. October 2018, the city spent a total of nearly 46 million Swiss francs for the services of private security companies. The big profiteers of the urban jobs, Securitas AG and Protectas S. A., and the guard AG. These three companies had received the "major part" of the orders, write the city government. The external companies are needed in the management for different areas: "the supervision service, transport service, reception and Lodge service, security service and security service." They regulate the traffic, monitor the building, dressing rooms or private viewing, check Parking lots, or in support of the city police of Zurich, Sober and care centre (ZAB).

costs vary greatly

According to Christina Schiller and Luca Maggi, there were in the last five years in Switzerland, almost 700 start-UPS in the area of private security. Despite the increase, the city spends more money than it used to for private security companies. In the past years, the annual expenditure has decreased even more. In 2014, the city paid for the services of security companies to 11.4 million Swiss francs, and three years later there were still 8.6 million. Striking is the decline is particularly in two departments. The Zurich transport companies gave out four years ago, nearly 2 million Swiss francs, 2017 1.5 and up in October of this year, only around 900'000 Swiss francs. "The costs of external security services vary in the VBZ due to different Year of focus," says a VBZ spokesman. Want to be called: major construction sites at the Central or the opening of the tram line 8, as of 2017, can drive the costs into the amount.

An even sharper decline of the city Council for the sports Department. In 2014, the expenditures were still at 1.2 million Swiss francs, today, slightly more than 300'000. The reasons for the acceptance of a regime change in the allocation of security costs at home of Zurich football clubs, FCZ and GC games in the Letzigrund stadium. Since the 2015/16 season, the clubs paid the security company directly. Earlier settled in the city, according to a spokesman of the Sportamts the cost and invoiced to you. Therefore, the expenditure would not be listed today. Previously the town but in the end no cost.

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the city cleaning (ORE). The costs in the past few years have tripled, from just under 200'000 Swiss francs in the year 2014, currently has around 600'000 Swiss francs. ORE reason for the increase in the company B. I. G. security LTD have received in this period contract for cleaning services. The private security company takes over other Work. "Their employees to support the city cleaning primary the Vorwischen, for example, in the summer on the offshore installations," says a ORE-speaker.

a security company receives an order, this requires a cantonal licence. Employees will be deployed for security services, they must also be on the specialist certificate safety and security, and internally in the companies contracted further formed. "The position of the appropriate levels of these internal trainings are held between the city of Zurich and the external security company, regular meetings for the exchange of experience," writes the city Council. For the years 2018 to 2021, the city has evaluated by appropriate companies with which you want to work together. The city Council revoked Schiller and Maggi speaks, that the outsourcing of security services is an erosion of the monopoly on violence. On the contrary, What did the private security company, no outsourcing of traditional public functions.

(Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 03.01.2019, 21:34 PM

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