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Border region residents look forward to freer crossings but harbour doubts over crime

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Border region residents look forward to freer crossings but harbour doubts over crime

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Following the years of preparation, Schengen is being promoted as “a big space of security and
stability”, downplaying criminality.

Drivers at the German-Polish border stopping for the last centralised routine checks have been looking forward to unhindered passage.

A German press officer with the federal police force said: “We definitely are well-prepared for the opening. We have a good and trusting cooperation with the Polish side. The one-stop control will be abolished but we are well-equipped to guarantee the monitoring of the borders in the area around them in the future.”

Yet while some residents of border regions are clearly enthusiastic, others were less certain.

One said: “It’s amazing! Particularly for me as I’m Polish and German. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

Another, less sure: “It’s going to be difficult for the police to control, but I hope everything will be fine.”

An insurance company in the German-Czech border region recently reported increased interest in policies against property theft.

Private security alternatives were also being considered.