Munich Still One of the Safest Cities in Europe
At the 100th anniversary of Munich’s main police station at Ettstreet , minister for interior Joachim Herrmann (CSU) says Munich remains one of the safest cities in Europe. For 100 years Munich’s police are located in the distinctive green building in the city center, “surviving” all political changes throughout World War I and II. “Ettstrasse” became a synonym for police in Munich.
Herrmann is commended for his work in Munich. He remembered , among other incidents, the Pope’s visit, the 2006 World Cup, the annual Munich Security Conference , Oktoberfest and the celebrations of the Day of German Unity in 2012. For many years , Munich has had the lowest crime rate nationwide of all cities over 200,000 inhabitants. For example, in 2012, only 7,153 criminal acts per 100,000 residents were registered. “The citizens can fully rely on their Munich police,” said Herrmann.
The building also known as “Löwengrube” was opened in 1913 after three years of construction on the site of a former monastery. It was also the residence of the police during the Nazi era, although the secret police (Gestapo) were located at Brienner St. The history of the building, researched by the club “Münchner Blaulicht” (Munich Blue Light, www.muenchnerblulicht.de) can be accessed at the police headquarters in the German language (Tel 089/2910-20109).