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NPA deputy head lists security steps following metro stabbings
【Society】2014-05-22  14:22:54
Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The deputy director-general of the National Policy Agency (NPA) announced Thursday eight security steps to ensure safety in public places after a killing spree on the Taipei metro a day earlier that left four people dead and at least 21 injured.

Speaking at a Transportation Committee meeting in the Legislative Yuan, Lin Kuo-tung announced that the NPA has been asked by the Taipei city government to increase police presence at all metro stations, especially at busy points of transfer.

To prevent similar incidents, patrols have been increased by adding security personnel and commuters have been asked to report any suspicious persons to local authorities immediately, Lin added.

He also listed eight steps, that have been given to all police departments across the island to heighten security measures.

They include the increase of police patrols in and around metro stations during operating hours in Taipei, New Taipei and Kaohsiung, Lin said, adding that starting from 8 p.m. Wednesday, an additional 80 police officers are keeping watch in metro carriages from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

As for other forms of public transport, the NPA deputy head said that the Aviation Police Bureau and Railway Police Bureau have been asked to stay vigilant, while security at airports, railway and high speed rail stations has been tightened.

An increase of police patrols at major public gathering points is also on the list. Lin said officers will be on the lookout for and will report any suspicious activity in hope of preventing any possible copycat incidents.

Finally, Lin stated that measures for situation control following such incidents are also vital for saving lives, including sealing off the site and implementing emergency rescue operations.

(By Tai Ya-chen and John Scot Feng)

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