Taxi Safety

A shocking story from April 2019 revealed how a young female student ordered an Uber ride in the early hours, after spending the night with her friends. After waiting for the ride, the young student approached and entered what she thought was her Uber taxi, as reported by the Police. Surveillance footage captured her getting into the black Chevrolet Impala, and she was never seen alive again. In fact, her murdered body was found 70 miles away to the great sadness of her family and friends.

This is a common event in many countries today, which is why Staff Defence has developed a range of Travel and Personal Safety Training Courses, each designed to help to keep you safe. We invite you to visit our website for more information on our Training Courses.

Firstly, we would like you to consider the following points:-

Taking a Taxi:

  • The moment you get into a taxi you have no assurance that the driver is who he/she claims to be, or indeed, if he/she has got any insurance or driving licence.
  • You have no way of knowing how the driver conducts his/her business.
  • When you enter a taxi, minicab or anything driven, you surrender a measure of control to another person. Usually that person is completely unknown to you, so it is important to think carefully about your personal safety while travelling in a taxi.

Keeping Safe:

At Staff Defence, we can provide you with some ideas to start with in keeping yourself safe in a taxi. We have many more suggestions, all encompassed in our Travel & Personal Safety Training Courses. These are equally as important when one travels overseas as when one travels around the UK, as follows:-

  1. Call for a taxi instead of hailing one.  Some independent taxi drivers work in partnership with thieves.
  2. Ask for the taxi number when you speak with the dispatcher, so you can be certain you’re getting in the right vehicle.
  3. Know where you’re going ahead of time and approximately how long it will take to get there.
  4. Never take a taxi alone, especially if you are drunk.
  5. Always sit in the back and behind the driver, rather than in the front seat, as this keeps you at a safe distance from the driver should there be any problems.  Ensure you use the seat belt.
  6. Look for a meter, a radio, a badge, and a door handle (escape route). All genuine, licensed, taxi and minicab drivers’ vehicles are equipped with a meter (for determining the charge) and a radio (for taking calls from the dispatcher).  In nearly all countries, the taxi driver is required to display his/her ID badge in the vehicle.  If you don’t see a badge or a radio, do not get into the vehicle.
  7. Use your phone to share the name, photo and your trip details with your friends
  8. Keep conversation polite and at a neutral level. The last thing you want is for the taxi driver to get the impression that you want him/her to be over-familiar.
  9. Have your keys ready for when you reach your destination.  This way you will not be left waiting around in the dark and feeling vulnerable.
  10. Keep expensive items hidden and keep your belongings close to hand.

We all have the right to travel in safety, but we all know the world is not a safe place.  Trouble isn’t present every day; we know that – but are you prepared to make sure it will never catch up with you?

Are you prepared to deal with these situations, should it happen to you? 

Remember that most reputable taxi companies now have mobile apps that help communicate with you to inform you that the taxi arriving is the taxi you have ordered – sign up to them and use them.

Meanwhile, Staff Defence can help prepare you for your trips with our tiered levels of training, depending on where your travels may take you.

“For more information about any of Staff Defence courses, please contact us by telephone or email, as follows:-

T: 0203 997 7900

Frequently Asked Questions

“Our travel safety and HEAT instructors come from a background in the Royal Marines Commando and the British Army and have been specifically picked for their skills in their fields of excellence from years of experience of Operating and Living in hostile environment.”

“Our Trainers must all have, as a minimum, an accredited award in education and training, first aid at work or higher, and conflict management. They are also all DBS checked, with full insurance cover for their specific disciplines.”

“Contact us now, so that our Instructors can teach you how to stay safe.”

Our courses are held at our training venue in Onley, near Rugby in the East Midlands, where we can comfortably seat up to 30 Delegates per course.

Additionally, we have a training location in the USA.

However, depending on the type of course selected, we are very flexible and our Instructors can travel to a client’s venue, if that is more convenient for you. The only exception is our H.E.A.T. (Hostile Environments Awareness Training) Course, which must be conducted at our training venue, due to the course content and requirements.

Yes, we absolutely can! Before we deliver the course, we always discuss your specific requirements with you, ensure they are embedded into the course, and receive prior written confirmation that you are completely happy with the content of the course.

Prices vary depending on the course you are attending and any specific requirements that you may have. What you need to know is that our prices are some of the best you can find, which is why we encourage you to contact us to receive a full and competitive Quotation.

Yes. Each Instructor is fully DBS checked and possesses a current First Aid Certificate, together with full insurance within the disciplines they teach.

Yes, absolutely. Our Conflict Management courses are perfect for lone workers, since they teach priceless conflict management skills, together with the physical skills necessary to quickly de-escalate a conflict, and the best way to reach a safe area.