At the Schöpfwerk in Vienna-Meidling, the residents of the large community building avoid the cellars and stairwells. The reason for this are acts of vandalism and aggressive young people.
Young gangs have been up to mischief in the community building at the Schöpfwerk for a long time. “I haven’t dared to go into the basement for years,” says Elfriede P. Because young people celebrate parties there and use drugs. But that’s not all: basement compartments have already been broken into, as have front doors and mailboxes. The lighting is also regularly destroyed or painted over with black paint. “Even light switches are torn down,” complains Günther C., who has lived here for 40 years. “They spray graffiti on the house walls and break open the installation rooms,” C. is stunned. When it’s cold outside, the young people like to linger in strange stairwells, where they sometimes order a pizza. In the summer it would be noisy late into the night. “If you talk to them about it, only insults and threats come back,” says C. No outside helpAnd: “I called Wiener Wohnen countless times or wrote emails, nothing happened.” The police weren’t helpful either. According to a spokesman, Wiener Wohnen is aware of the problem. “We are working intensively with the police to track down the perpetrators,” he says. In addition, locks and access codes would be exchanged regularly. He appeals to residents to report crimes.
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