Unlocked rubbish trucks left running in Copenhagen

Christian Wenande
May 1st, 2017

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Trucks can be used as a weapon of terror, warn police

Potential tools of terror? (photo: Tomasz Sienicki)

Rubbish collectors have been accused of leaving their trucks unlocked and their engines on in the middle of Copenhagen’s popular walking street during rush hour.

Police warn the trucks could be used as a weapon of terror similar to the attack seen in Stockholm recently, which left six people dead.

“It’s dangerous if someone takes them to use for something criminal,” Henrick Møller Jakobsen, a deputy inspector with Copenhagen Police, told DR Nyheder.

“After what we’ve seen around Europe, we have contacted the renovation companies and encouraged them to ensure their vehicles cannot be stolen.”

Jakobsen said the police had fined several people who had left their car with their keys in the ignition.

READ MORE: Danish capital to increase pedestrian safety after Stockholm terror attack

Working on it
Rubbish trucks are often left open and running while the collectors go to retrieve the rubbish bins as it is the truck’s engine that powers the lift behind the trucks.

“Yes, we’ve heard from the police and we have thought about the issue ourselves and what we can do to make sure they don’t hijack our vehicles,” Rene Hansen, the head of City Container Cph, told DR Nyheder.

“The goal is to get a remote service on all the vehicles so all the boys lock the doors when they aren’t near the trucks.”


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