In-driver warning: Cops on alert as criminals target the road users Loop Jamaica

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Police have issued a warning for transport operators especially those offering in-drive service to exercise a greater level of caution when operating on the roads in light of increased reports of robberies, assaults, and other deadly attacks against persons plying the trade.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, Head of the St Andrew Central Division, says in light of the recent incidents, the police is urging heightened caution and due diligence. 

“The call to action follows a series of reported incidents, including assaults, robberies, and murders involving in-drive taxi providers. Senior investigators at the Half Way Tree Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), are actively working on implementing measures to address the current challenges,” the police said in a release.

SSP Nesbeth emphasizes the importance of prioritizing safety in response to calls for pick-ups.

“We understand the critical role in-drive taxi providers play in our transportation system, but safety must remain paramount. It is imperative that individuals exercise caution and conduct necessary due diligence to protect both themselves and their passengers,” he stated.

“The St Andrew Central Division is working collaboratively to enhance security measures and address the reported incidents effectively,” the police said.

Investigators are also exploring strategies to combat the current problem and ensure the safety of all citizens.

“Members of the public are encouraged to share information about criminal activities by calling 311, 811, 119, or the nearest police station. Cooperation from the community is vital in addressing and preventing further incidents,” the police said.