The scary truth behind violent attacks related to taxi services
Travel safety is a genuine no matter who you are. But for C-suite individuals and executives, driving yourself to important meetings or to the airport isn’t always feasible or safe which is when secure transport services become a necessity. Finding a service that is convenient, reliable, cost-effective and safe is not as simple as it sounds. It is difficult to find a company that can tick all of your boxes and meet your requirements. Recently, services like Uber and Taxify have become a popular choice. These apps are an easy and convenient way for virtually anyone to find a mode of transportation whenever they need it – it’s simply a click away. But what happens when convenience becomes catastrophic?
Attacks on Uber/Taxify Drivers
As the popularity of these services grow, so does the threat on their competition. This has caused a dangerous ripple effect where Uber and Taxify drivers have been subjects of horrific hate crimes. Reports indicate that competitor taxi services attack Uber or Taxify drivers to scare them into not operating anymore. This is a means of ensuring they are the only taxi service on the market. These taxi services usually don’t have an app that makes it convenient for any individual to find them and quickly make a booking. The attack on taxi drivers is a terrifying prospect for their passengers who simply want to get to their destination in a safe and timely manner. Now you’re always unsure as to whether your taxi will be under attack or not. For C-suite individuals, this uncertainty of if your driver will be attacked or not is incredibly daunting. A c-suite individual may have more to offer an attacker than just a scare tactic on the driver.
Driver orchestrated attacks
Not only do passengers have to worry if their drivers will be under attack but crime reports have also stated that many attacks are orchestrated by the Uber/Taxify drivers themselves. When a potential driver signs up to become an Uber or Taxify driver, they’re supposed to go through a thorough vetting process. Background checks, safety screenings and driver competency tests are supposed to be done but it seems that sometimes a snake slithers through the cracks. Reports have shown that there’s often someone hiding in the boot of the car before you get in. The driver will then take you to a different location and both individuals will attempt to rob you of your valuables or get you to withdraw money from your bank account. Often these attacks are more malicious where women are reported to have been sexually assaulted. Countless reports have indicated that c-suite individuals are the most vulnerable, especially when travelling to the airport. Sometimes the blame for these attacks cannot be put directly on the taxi service. Some opportunistic criminals have caught on to the idea of pretending to be taxi drivers to lure potential victims in. Not only this, but these taxi drivers have also caught onto a new trend. Most of the time, these drivers fetch you directly from your house, they have your address, they know what your home looks like and now they know that no one is home. For wealthier individuals, the luxuries they’re able to afford themselves become prevalent to the driver. They will take the opportunity to go back to your home, sometimes with their friends, and will break in and steal whatever they can. The risk on your life, your family and your possessions is too great for you to use these taxi services.
How to ensure you’re safe
There are some things you can do to ensure you are safe while travelling with one of these taxi services. These include;
- Check the car registration matches with the registration on the app
- Make sure the driver’s picture and the name is the same as the person picking you up
- Ask the driver to repeat your name to you
- Check the boot of the vehicle before getting in
- Clearly state where you want to go and ensure the route is adhered to
- Don’t let them come straight to your front door
- Give your Uber driver an honest rating at the end of the ride – not everyone deserves 5 stars
The safest option for c-suite and executive individuals would be to contact an executive security company to assist you with safe and secure travel management.
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