Beijing subway riders could be detained for 10 days if they refuse security checks

City increases measures to handle influx of summer vacation visitors with police dogs patrolling stations

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 July, 2014, 4:56pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 July, 2014, 5:18pm

Beijing subway passengers could face up to 10 days detention if they refuse to go through security checks, as the capital city beefs up such measures as more travellers visit during summer vacation, the Beijing News reported today.

The city’s public security bureau said the highest level of security checks has been put in place with more than 10 million passengers using the subways daily this time of year.

Police dogs and armed police officers are patrolling major subway stations. All trash bins are under video surveillance and checked every 15 to 20 minutes.

Passengers are requested to go through both body checks and bag screenings in eight major subway stations. Elsewhere on the subway line, only bags are screened.

Since January, more than 120 passengers have been detained for taking dangerous items to subway stations, while over 30 have been punished for rejecting security checks.

Beijing police said more security staff and screening machines have been deployed to re duce waiting time.

Police officers in plain clothes would bring mock explosives into subway stations as a test for the security staff, the police said. Anyone who failed to distinguish such dangerous items would face punishment.

Earlier this month, bus drivers in Beijing were trained by SWAT officers on how to deal with arsonists, and knife-proof vests and pepper spray were distributed to 21 hospitals. The city’s security authorities have carried out seven anti-terror drills this year, following a deadly attack in the Tiananmen area last October and a spate of violent attacks on civilians in other parts of the country in recent months.