MEMBERS of the Macau authorities have found their lives in danger as triad violence escalates. On May 1, Judiciary Police director Antonio Marques Baptista returned from a Labour Day jog on Guia Hill to see his parked car explode. Police said Dr Baptista was alerted when his dog shied away from the car before the bomb was detonated. Dr Baptista was unhurt. In April, the chauffeur of the enclave's top security official was shot dead as he left home to collect his boss, Undersecretary for Security Brigadier Manuel Soares Monge. In March, the Gambling Inspectorate's No 3, Francisco Xavier Pinto do Amaral, 45, was shot dead as he walked to lunch with colleagues near the Lisboa Hotel. Also in March, Marine Police officer Chu Ion-kao, 36, was shot dead in a traffic jam as he drove his wife and four-year-old daughter through Macau. Last October, three business premises linked to gambling inspectors were firebombed in what appeared to be a triad intimidation campaign. In September, Gambling Inspector Jose Madeira, 26, was shot twice in the face with a sawn-off shotgun outside the Macau Palace floating casino. He survived. In November 1996, Gambling Inspectorate deputy head Lieutenant-Colonel Manuel Antonio Apolinario was shot twice in the head by a motorcycle gunman as he walked to his car near his central Macau office. The bullets passed through his cheek and neck, but he survived. On Thursday, the grandson of gambling tycoon Yip Hon, 46-year-old Yip Wai-tong, was shot in the stomach but shot back at gunmen trying to kidnap him.