Move to increase safety of women; study revealed most crimes take place near stairs, exits

All Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) stations in the city will soon have only one entry and exit point.

With crimes against women being tackled with renewed vigour, and when such crimes seem to be on the rise, Southern Railway and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) conducted a joint study two months ago, about the crowd pattern in all MRTS railway stations.

“We studied how commuters leave the station premises. We found that they moved out through different exit points. Because of this, it becomes difficult for RPF personnel to monitor all the gates at the same time,” said a Southern Railway source.

Officials felt that if all commuters descended down the same staircase and used only one exit point, it would be easier for the RPF to monitor the crowd and prevent any untoward incidents. “It was felt that even criminals would be less likely to snatch chains or misbehave with women if this were so,” said the source.

An RPF officer said the patrolling system in stations had also been altered to ensure fewer crimes were committed.

Move to increase safety of women; study revealed most crimes take place near stairs, exits

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