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Tokyo’s subway train operators will install security cameras inside every train car.
Both Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro, the two operators of Tokyo subway trains, said that they aim to enhance their safety protocols by installing security cameras in approximately 3,800 subway train cars. Each car will be equipped with several cameras in strategic locations. Toei will place a number of cameras on each car’s ceiling, while Tokyo Metro intends to install a camera above every car door.
The video footage will be stored for one week and will only be checked if a problem is reported. According to the operators, installing cameras can prevent theft and vandalism. Moreover, the footage can be used as evidence, which would help solve crimes right away.
However, the security cameras’ positive effects will not be felt immediately. Toei Subway will install cameras starting with the Shinjuku line in August 2017, while Tokyo Metro will begin with the Hibiya line in 2018. Installation is expected to finish around 2023 and may still be extended for other train lines.
The Tokyo train operators’ safety initiatives also include other projects. For example, Toei invests in training its staff to handle different emergencies such as natural disasters and other threats. They also conduct drills regularly.
On the other hand, Tokyo Metro spreads awareness through its Handy Safety Guide, a brochure that explains to commuters what to do in cases of emergency. In addition, they have separate guidelines for parents who commute with their children.