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CCTV to be Placed in More Taxis

CCTV to be Placed in More Taxis

Posted on 28th Aug 2012 @ 11:52 AM

cabs-cctv.jpgYou can guarantee a feeling of security and safety in any location where a CCTV security surveillance camera is installed. That is why the city of Londonderry is working on a plan to install CCTV security surveillance cameras in taxis. The idea comes from a need to protect both the customers and the drivers from both false and real accusations of rape, as well as the city looking for a means to protect people in the taxis from assault and robbery.

A big factor in the city’s decision to install cameras comes from the story of a man being put behind bars after he attacked a taxi driver. The man was convicted thanks to evidence recorded by a CCTV security surveillance camera. After words of this story began to spread, other drivers decided to follow in their footsteps and began installing cameras into their own cabs at their own expense.

The driver involved in the first incident said he decided to place a CCTV security surveillance camera in his cab after an incident with a customer nearly caused him to crash the cab, and with no evidence that it happened. According to his story, the driver picked up a group of drunk men. He did not know they were drunk when he picked them up. Everything was going fine until one of them suddenly reached over the seat and tried to grab the steering wheel.

The driver said the incident almost caused him to crash the car and could have resulted in him being charged with a motoring offence without being able to prove what had happened.

The installation of cameras has been welcomed by the proprietor of the largest taxi company in Derry, Foyle Delta.

Speaking to the North West Telegraph, Jarlath Malone said installing cameras will give peace of mind to drivers.

He added: “I know a lot of drivers who will not work at night because of fears of being attacked or robbed but the biggest fear they have is of being falsely accused of rape. Drivers are very vulnerable and have genuine concerns about their own safety — especially at night, but not just at night — and we have a few drivers who have already installed CCTV. Anything that offers protection to drivers is welcome and I can certainly see the sense in having a camera installed in a taxi. All our drivers are thoroughly vetted before they start work for us so while a camera may make female passengers feel safer, it would be the driver who would benefit most from them.”

In Derry last December a taxi driver was accused of rape but it was not until March this year that all charges against him were dropped.

Willie Doherty, a driver with City Cabs, said this has prompted others to consider fitting CCTV.

He said: “It’s being talked about by drivers who feel the CCTV would give them a bit more confidence when lifting fares at night, particularly in light of what happened to the driver last year who was accused in the wrong.”

AUTHOR - Michael Peros

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