After More Than 40 Reported Robberies Ride Share Operators Warned
According to one online crime reporting page, there have been more than 40 different instances of Uber and Lyft drivers being targeted for robbery or auto theft since August. Well, Minneapolis Police just came out Friday with a crime warning for drivers to be aware of their surroundings.
The number of incidents has been growing since some of the first crime reports were made back in August. In the last week, there have been 12 reports of robberies or assaults of drivers, or ride-share vehicles stolen according to WCCO-TV.
Minneapolis' advice for rideshare drivers is pretty straightforward, the City of Minneapolis, which now handles Minneapolis Police communications states that drivers should:
- Stay aware of your surroundings, even when in a locked vehicle.
- Avoid using your phone for more than a couple of seconds.
- Be extra cautious if asked to wait for the customer(s).
- If you are not in a populated area with visible pedestrian and vehicle traffic, leave immediately if you see one or more vehicles or individuals approaching nearby.
This news comes out as Minneapolis prepares for the November election, which includes the Mayor's race, and an amendment to the Minneapolis charter to no longer have a set number of police officers for Minneapolis and transition the Minneapolis police force into a department of public safety.
As someone who uses rideshare services like Lyft or Uber when I go downtown, I'm now a little nervous when I hail a ride, I might not be able to get one, due to the current situation.