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10,000 banned items found by subway checks

ALMOST 10,000 forbidden items were detected during security checks on the city’s subway network between June and yesterday, Shanghai Metro police said.

In the same period, six people were detained for attacking security check staff, they said.

Firecrackers, gasoline and alcohol were among the most commonly found banned items in passengers’ luggage, though police also confiscated 3,406 knifes and 158 replica guns.

Some people have complained about Metro security staff, and some subway workers said passengers use offensive language and refuse to cooperate with safety checks.

To help improve the system, Metro staff will soon be equipped with audio recorders, police said.

All 600 security checkpoints at 333 subway stations on the network will be equipped with portable recorders, they said. But initially, they will be used only at key stations.

The recorders will be on at all times, and the information they pick up will be put into a database for possible later use in dispute resolution.

Each of the 600 checkpoints already has two or three staff, who check people’s bags and luggage.

On July 17, a man surnamed Gu was given a 10-day detention and fined 500 yuan (US$81.50) for refusing to let his bag be checked by the X-ray machine and attacking a worker at Line 11’s Yuqiao Road Station with an umbrella.

On September 8, a woman attempted to take her pet dog on the subway during the evening rush hour. She put the animal in a bag, but its bark caught Metro police’s attention.

Surveillance camera footage showed the woman squatted down and refused to leave the station. When a policeman attempted to take the bag with the dog inside, the woman bit his finger. Her boyfriend hit the officer in the head.

Both the woman and her boyfriend are awaiting trial.

“Some passengers are rude, and so are some of our staff,” said Song Youguo, vice captain of the Shanghai Metro and public bus security team.

Since June, more than 100 security staff have been dismissed, he said.

Delivery workers are not exempt from the ban on certain items, he said.

On August 19, Metro police found a courier carrying a box containing 26 liters of engine oil, which is on the banned list. Police warned his employer and informed the postal authority of the incident.

Bottles of camping gas are also not allowed.

The Metro security team yesterday opened a Weibo account and hotline — 63189188-98110 — for passenger complaints and suggestions.

It promises a reply to all queries within five working days.


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