Know What You Are Getting Into – Taxi Safety
Do not take a taxi or minicab booked by someone else – they need to get home safely too!
Finding yourself with no means to getting home from your night out can make it temping for you to get into an unlicensed mini cab, this may seem like a solution at the time, but the reality is that you are getting into a strangers car. Source Police
Personal Safety - Using Public Transport Or Taxis
- Avoid isolated bus stops; walk back or forwards to a stop that is well lit or less lonely.
- Carry a personal attack alarm in your hand or on your belt, never at the bottom of your handbag or briefcase.
- If you are harassed whilst travelling on a bus or train, complain to the driver or guard.
- On an empty bus, sit near the driver.
- On trains try to avoid sitting in compartments with only one occupant. It may be possible to choose an area of the train that you know will stop near to an exit from the platform, thereby avoiding long walks or deserted ones.
- If you have any problems on the train or feel threatened, pull the communication cord.
- If you are threatened or attacked use your natural instincts, scream and shout to draw attention to yourself. Break free and use your personal attack alarm.
- If you use a taxi service on a regular basis, keep the number handy and use the same safe firm each time.
- Always arrange the taxi in advance.
- Ask if they have women drivers if you are a lone woman or in a group of women.
- Give your name and address when ordering and ask them who they are collecting when they arrive. This way you know that it is the ride you expected.
- If alone or last out, sit directly behind the driver.
- When arriving home in a taxi, consider asking the driver to wait until you are in the house, they shouldn't mind.
- If you do not know the taxi personally always check to ensure that it is bone fide taxi. Check both the plate on rear of the vehicle and the identification card carried by the driver. If in doubt, do not get into the vehicle Source