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Crime prevention measures
The apparent success in crime prevention for the São Paulo
Metro Company is accounted for by a number of factors. For
one, much care is put into the beautification of the metro stations
and the creation of a pleasant atmosphere. Decorative art is applied
plentifully and the architecture creates an atmosphere of openness,
airiness, and beauty. Social control is ever-present and there
is a large number of well-trained security officers (549). Trains
are frequent (one train every 110 seconds during peak hours) and
both the trains and the stations are clean and well-maintained.
Both the staff and security personnel are friendly to passengers
and helpful in cases of accidents and health problems. Special
care is taken for the transportation of football supporters, who
are befriended by the security personnel in exchange for respect.
The procedure of constructing one operational section at the time
is well used by the São Paulo Metropolitan Company to learn
from the experiences gathered during the construction and operation
of the preceding metro sections.
Source: López, M.J.J., Crime Prevention
Guidelines for the Construction & Management of Metro Systems,
Den Haag: RCM-advies 1996, pg. 26-28.