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Livery drivers are particularly vulnerable to robbery and other attacks due to the nature of their work, and most of them receive little or no training on strategies they can use to stay safe. Security USA held a security training program for livery drivers to help them learn ways to protect themselves and their property while on the job. The training session was attended by twenty livery drivers from the Bronx.
In this video, Security USA's COO, David Boehm discusses safety precautions that livery drivers can take to reduce their exposure to risk during the course of doing their jobs, as taught to them during a safety and security seminar hosted by Security USA. Some of the safety strategies that were taught involved proper outfitting of the vehicle with safety features, such as a partition and cameras. Mr. Boehm also suggested installing a trunk release on the inside of the trunk, because livery drivers have been forced into the trunk of their own vehicles after being robbed. Having a latch release on the inside of the trunk could allow them to escape in the event this happens to them.
Some of the other strategies were more along the lines of being observant and having a plan. For example, drivers should never tell a passenger theya re having a great day, because that might make them think they have a lot of money on them. They should set up a code word with their dispatcher so that they will know if they are in distress, without tipping off their attacker. They should also be aware of where the passenger's hands are. If the person's hands are consistently near waist level, there is a good chance that they may have a gun. A faitly small amount of basic training and safety equipment could go a long way toward improving work conditions for New York City's livery drivers.
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