Strap thefts befuddle Tokyo train lines

Strap thefts befuddle Tokyo train lines
Passengers taking the Tokyo Subway, Japan.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

A series of mysterious incidents is occurring on trains. Train straps are being stolen one after another!

Straps allow standing passengers to steady themselves and keep from falling when a train is in motion. They hang down from a spot near the ceiling of a train car. Since November last year, a total of about 450 straps have been stolen from private railway and JR trains that run in Tokyo and surrounding areas.

In Tokyu Corp. and Tokyo Metro Co. train cars, straps, including the belts they hang from, were stolen. They may have been removed either by having the belts cut with a sharp-edged tool or their screws taken out. A person committing such an act is likely to be noticed by other passengers in the same car. However, the perpetrator has not been found.

The president of East Japan Railway Co. angrily said, "Straps are very important for the safety of passengers."

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