Taxi Cab Robbery Prevention Tips
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.