Bark and ride

1 August 2014

Dog units on transport networks are an effective deterrent to violence, according to a survery carried out by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).
'K9 Security in Public Transport Networks' found that European network operators valued the animals' detection and tracking skills, as well as their ability to deal with aggressive passengers.
Dogs can also help to improve the perception of security; in Hamburg dogs were found to have a "positive impact on staff morale" while in Lisbon passengers reacted positively to the presence of police dogs in stations.
Other operators, such as BVG (Berlin), however, reported that many passengers would feel harassed by the presence of dogs, while Munich MVG states that canine units would generate round the clock costs for limited deployment times and capacities.

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