ESCORT stations were set up in Tuen Mun estates yesterday amid renewed fears of rape attacks. Two security guards, who will carry walkie-talkies, will be on 12-hour duty from 8 pm at a waiting area from where women can telephone relatives to fetch them. Poon Wood-sun, the Housing Authority's chief housing manager (New Territories West), said each public housing estate in Tuen Mun would have a waiting area set up near a bus stop, Light Railway Transit station, or 24-hour store. If necessary, the guards would escort women home, but only in groups, he said. The authority set up waiting areas in Tai Hing and Yau Oi estates last year following attacks by a serial rapist. It had planned to extend it to all 11 estates in Tuen Mun by the end of this year. ''But because of the murder at Leung King Estate, we've decided to speed up the scheme and set up the posts in all estates in two or three days,'' he said. Finance firm clerk Ip Wing-sze, 19, was sexually assaulted and killed on her way home in Leung King Estate early on Sunday. A guard post was set up near a bus terminal in Leung King yesterday. Offers of help at the waiting stations by some Tuen Mun residents were not welcomed by the authority. Regional council member Alfred Tso Shiu-wai said residents ''could not rely on only two security guards''. ''Having only two guards is definitely not enough, so volunteers will help to accompany female residents to their homes. Those volunteers will be registered with the police,'' Mr Tso said. But senior housing manager Ho Yik-che said: ''I don't know whether police will agree to let residents help, but I think it should be the Housing Authority's responsibility to carry out escorts.'' Governor Chris Patten said the Executive Council had discussed the Tuen Mun murder with Commissioner of Police, Eddie Hui Ki-on. ''We will be asking the Fight Crime Committee to consider again the case for a neighbourhood watch scheme so that people can help one another and can co-operate with the police as well to keep our streets and our housing estates as safe as possible,'' Mr Patten said. Police said the neighbourhood scheme had been in operation for some 10 years and some 8,000 families in Tuen Mun had participated. Under the scheme, residents are grouped and given seminars to promote co-operation. But some district board members said the authority might use the scheme as an excuse to delay the installation of metal gates and surveillance cameras. ''Does the Housing Authority want to see more women raped and killed in the district before it really takes action to step up security? ''The most effective method is to install metal gates and closed circuit television at the entrance of each block. We hope the authority will set up these facilities as soon as possible, hopefully within this year,'' said Tuen Mun board member Christopher Chu Cho-yan. But the authority said work could only start next year at the earliest. Tuen Mun acting divisional commander senior superintendent Fok Man-kwan, said manpower in the district was adequate, but more police tactical unit officers would be deployed inside buildings.