SINGAPORE: A northbound train was pulled out of service on Wednesday morning after a staff discovered graffiti on it.
Initial investigation point to a breach in the fence at Bishan Depot, where the train was parked.
The last time a similar incident took place was in May last year.
A security lapse at SMRT’s Changi Depot enabled two intruders to spray-paint graffiti on one of the trains.
That incident raised questions about security at important facilities here.
Commenting on the latest incident, the Land Transport Authority said it is disappointed that SMRT failed to prevent another security breach at its depot.
The LTA said the recent review by the Public Transport Security Committee has instituted a whole range of stringent measures to strengthen security at all train depots which SMRT has accepted.
It said it takes a very serious view of the matter and will not hesitate to take SMRT to task, if investigations show the company did not comply with the necessary security standards at its depots.
Police said they are investigating.
SMRT said it has performed a complete check on its entire fleet of trains, and has stepped up security and patrols at its premises.
In a statement, the police said it will not tolerate such acts which blatantly disregard the law.
Anyone convicted of vandalism could be jailed up to three years, or fined up to S$2,000 and given between three and eight strokes of the cane.
The penalty for trespassing into a protected place is a jail term of up to two years, or a S$1,000 fine, or both.
With decreasing manpower in industries all over the World, would it be true that there are so few staff around to notice such graffiti damages, before the train leaves the depot? Letting the train into service with a ‘paint-job’ not designed for it will cause bad public image, before we talk about lawsuits and morality. Not only security should be stepped up, but deterrence on a whole must be enforced (caning doesn’t seem enough now).
Generally, some kind of disregard for safety to bring a message across may be present in all these acts..