Security beefed up on SkyTrain

Skytrain attendants monitor the Skytrain platform at Stadium Station in Vancouver, British...

Skytrain attendants monitor the Skytrain platform at Stadium Station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday November 4, 2012. (QMI Agency/CARMINE MARINELLI)

JIM MORRIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:18 AM ET

VANCOUVER - Commuters will see increased security Monday as the investigation continues into an explosive device found on SkyTrain tracks in Surrey, B.C.

“There is a significant increase in both uniform and plainclothes," Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan said Sunday. “You will see this in (Monday's) commute and for the first several days of the week."

Police, assisted by two explosive-sniffing dogs, continued to comb the 133.5 kilometres of transit track, 57 stations, bus loops and terminals for other possible bombs.

A passenger spotted the device near Gateway Station Friday afternoon. That, and two other false alarms, resulted in a disruption of service that affected numerous commuters.

Drennan said the device “was dangerous'” but officials “have absolutely no motive" or suspect.

Social media sites are being monitored for any potential threats or anyone bragging about Friday's incident, Drennan said.

Several tips have been received but Drennan would not elaborate.

Experts agree the device probably isn’t the work of an organized terrorist group.

“It's not the work of a very sophisticated person," said Darryl Plecas, director of the centre for criminal justice research at the University of the Fraser Valley.

“It could be somebody that's angry at transit."

The threat won't keep Whitney Bragagnol from continuing to ride SkyTrain.

“It's just part of being in a metropolitan area," she said. “Things can happen. You just hope for the best and wish that things don't happen."


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