A leaflet with information on how taxi drivers can protect their money and property while ensuring their own safety has been published.
The leaflet produced by the Met Police in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) also explains how taxi drivers should report criminal activity they might see while driving.
Police will soon distribute hard copies to taxi drivers and TfL will also publicize the leaflet through their own channels.
The information in the leaflet urges taxi drivers to limit the amount of cash they carry and to avoid leaving it around the center console.
Other tips include keeping cell phones safe and out of reach of passengers and taking note of the phone’s IMEI number by typing *#06#.
Officers are also advising drivers to call 999 immediately if threatened with a knife or other weapon and never to risk their personal safety.
Police safety advice includes being on guard if drivers are told to stop suddenly or swerve to quieter areas. The agent encourages taxi drivers to try to drop off in a well-lit area full of people.
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Police are also urging drivers of private hire vehicles (PHVs) to be aware of distraction techniques involving requests to adjust seats or access the trunk. These can be made to get the driver to leave the vehicle.
If taxi or PHV drivers need to leave the vehicle, turn off the ignition and take the keys.
Drivers were also encouraged to report all suspected crimes to the police. In an emergency, call 999 immediately. If the driver cannot call 999 at the time, they should report it as soon as possible by calling 101 or online at met.police.uk
Private hire operators are also required to record the details of each booking, the police can use this information to investigate crimes.