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Crime Prevention

Taxi Cab Robbery Prevention Tips

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Taxicab drivers are particularly vulnerable to robbery, assault and homicide.

  • According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), taxi drivers are 60 times more likely to be murdered while on the job than other workers.
  • In 1998, 48 taxi drivers were murdered while working. Between 1992-98, 510 taxi drivers were murdered on the job.
  • Taxi drivers are also victim to more violent assaults than any other occupation with the exception of police and private security guards.

Crime Prevention Recommendations for the Taxicab Driver

  • Display a friendly, confident attitude in the first few moments of a contact. Studies indicate that robbery suspects look for a passive, vulnerable victim.
  • Look for individuals who are overly-dressed for the weather conditions. Coats, hooded sweatshirts or hats worn low may suggest someone is trying to hide their face or conceal a weapon.
  • If the address at your destination appears unoccupied, then leave it immediately.
  • Never keep cash in the open or in a shirt pocket and avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Carry a cell phone out of view and use it to call 911 immediately in an emergency.
  • Leave immediately if one person hails you (or the call says it’s only one fare) and others suddenly appear.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows up when stopped at a traffic light or intersection.
  • Avoid dark alleys or dead-end roads. Look for an escape route if something goes wrong.
  • Never resist a robber. Remain calm to avoid escalating the suspect’s level of violence.
  • Do not carry a firearm or other weapon as a means of self defense. In most robberies, the suspect is armed with a weapon and has a tactical advantage both in surprise and position.

Dial 911 for all emergencies.

Call 727-893-7780 to report suspicious activity.