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:-

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