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Metro’s WeChat account proving popular for tipping off police

Shanghai Metro police said it is tipped off 25 times on an average every day on its WeChat platform by commuters, most of them concerning begging, distributing flyers or setting up illegal stalls in the Metro.

The WeChat account “metropolice110” is proving popular with subway users, who left a total of 5,200 messages since its launch in April. The Metro police hunted down over 2,300 people for illegal activities.

“As long as key informations like Metro line, carriage number, station and direction are provided, 70 to 80 percent violation can be dealt with by the Metro police within five minutes,” said Yao Wei, who maintains the account.

Yao said about 60 percent of the tip-offs were effective, while others lacked key information or necessary clues, which delayed police action.

“Metropolice110” has over 10,000 followers. Begging remains the main irritant on the network, followed by smoking in the carriages and flyers.



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