SEOUL - Police in Seoul announced on Monday their plans to deploy a significant number of personnel to manage narrow streets and prevent overcrowding during the upcoming Halloween week. This initiative comes a year after a crowd crush event in Itaewon that resulted in 159 deaths.
According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, from Friday to Tuesday, safety measures will be in place at 16 key locations in the city. These include special tourist zones such as Itaewon and Hongdae, the shopping district of Myeongdong, and nightlife areas near Konkuk University and Gangnam Station. A total of 1,260 personnel from 12 police stations and 10 police squads will be deployed, particularly on Friday and Saturday when large crowds are expected.
The police will also set up five vehicles equipped with lighting and broadcast functions for announcements to disperse crowds if necessary. They have specifically marked 16 narrow streets in the Mapo, Yongsan, and Gangnam districts as high-risk areas for overcrowding and will manage these areas closely. "In narrow alleyways, we will secure room for waiting lines at clubs and for people to pass through by shining lights and broadcasting messages," a Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency official said. Other safety measures include collaboration with local governments to manage obstacles on roads and sidewalks and positioning special police squads at three major subway stations to prevent major crimes and large-scale terrorism incidents.