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Delays in police response due to deployment at metro stations

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There are delays in police response times to burglar alarms and calls from Athens residents because of their recent deployment to guard metro stations, Kathimerini understands.

Of the 217 motorcycle-riding DIAS teams that patrol the capital around the clock, 111 have over the past few days been assigned to protect stations.

The decision was taken after self-styled anarchists smashed ticket issuing and validation machines at several metro stops this month.

As a result, it now takes police some 90 minutes to respond to non-emergency situations, while they are not in a position to react when they are notified about burglar alarms going off.