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Platform questioned over personal security
    2018-January-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

ALTHOUGH shared apartments have gained popularity among young people, concerns about the personal security of tenants have also been raised following an incident that happened at the end of last year in Longhua District, according to the Southern Metropolis Daily.

At about 1 a.m. Dec. 30, a 33-year-old man took a fruit knife and knocked on his roommates’ doors. He murmured words such as “killing people” and chased after the cat of one of his roommates.

The man, who is rumored to suffer from a mental illness, was taken away by the police. His roommates, who were frightened by the incident, subsequently moved out of the shared apartment. They are all registered tenants of an Internet rental platform called Ziroom.

One roommate said in an interview that he thought the rental platform should be held responsible for the incident. After all, both he and the man are registered tenants of the platform. It cannot disassociate itself from the incident since it allowed the man to move into the apartment.

In response, the platform said it is difficult to discern a real mental patient by the naked eye even under normal circumstances. Therefore, all the platform can do is help to solve the problem rather than prevention.

As for disease verification, early screening of mental patients may evolve into discrimination against minority groups, which would lead the platform into a public opinion crisis over ethical issues.

Even if the platform requires tenants to submit their health information and medical history, the credibility of tenants’ information would remain unresolved without the support of the medical system.

For the rental platform, it is important to strengthen its services in terms of technology and problem solving, the Daily report said. For instance, the platform can improve the coded lock equipment of its tenants’ rooms, provide emergency medical supplies in public areas and enhance contact between staffers and tenants.

(Zhang Yu)

 

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