Be Alert - Public urged to exercise vigilance when travelling
Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, has appealed for persons to be vigilant when taking public transportation.
"We encourage persons to be timely," Garrick said. "Give yourself enough time because often time you find that persons, in a hurry to get where they are going, will get in the first vehicle that comes along," she told The STAR.
"If you are in an area and you have to take a route taxi, observe the particulars of the vehicle to make note of the driver. We also encourage you to use your Stay Alert app and use your panic button if the circumstances allow," she said.
Garrick's tips come against the background of what appears to be increasing reports of people being victims of crimes while talking taxis. The senior cop said it is difficult for the police to tell persons what they should do in the event that they are confronted with danger while travelling in cabs.
"It is really hard for us to sit here and say you should have done that or you could have done that. But being alert sometimes, you will be able to recognise the red flags and you can make an escape or you can create or raise alarm before," she said