Thursday 2 July, 2020

CISOCA warns of danger lurking in bogus taxis

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The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has issued a call for persons, especially females who are taking public transportation, to be on alert following reports of several attacks against unsuspecting passengers by men posing as legitimate transport operators.

CISOCA officials, in a release, said they have received a number of reports within recent times in which females alleged that they were sexually assaulted by men who posed as drivers and/or passengers of unregistered taxis.

The CISOCA officials said the reported incidents have been confined to the Corporate Area.

Detectives from the police unit said in light of the development, they are reminding persons to remain vigilant when taking public passenger vehicles (PPV).

CISOCA has also advised that only established and reputable public passenger vehicles should be utilised.

The unit has also listed a number of measures that persons are advised to follow in a bid to ramp up their personal security when taking public passenger vehicles.

They are as follows:

Take note of the licence plate number of vehicles and share this information with a family member or trusted friend. Also, share a description of the motor vehicle.

Along with the licence plate number, take note of the driver. Any distinguishing marks or traits. If a PPV badge is displayed, note the name and other details.

Always be wary when PPVs stray from the designated routes.

Persons who may have been victims of sexual assaults are encouraged to report the incidents to CISOCA by calling 876-926-4079.

Additionally, anyone with information that can assist investigators to nab the culprits, is being asked to contact the CISOCA detectives or call 311.

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