According to CareerCast, a taxicab driver is considered to be one of the top 10 most stressful jobs of 2012. While a few examples from the East Coast may corroborate these findings, drivers with in-cab security cameras can work more easily knowing that they have a video camera to help monitor and hopefully deter any illegal activity.
On November 14 in Worcester, Massachusetts a man fitting the description of an individual who allegedly robbed a cab driver at gunpoint was seen getting into another shortly after the crime was reported, according to the Telegram-Gazette. Police followed the second vehicle until the suspect jumped out and started running. Issah Moore was arrested after a brief foot chase and charged with a litany of crimes including armed robbery and carrying a firearm without a license.
While authorities were able to nab a suspect within the hour after the robbery, the investigation may get complicated with insufficient evidence. By installing taxicab security cameras, police officers in similar situations can use the video feed to confirm that the suspect apprehended is, in fact, guilty.
Further down the East coast in Washington, D.C., a cab driver was found burning in his vehicle on November 7 after the car had run off a driveway and into a fence, according to NBC Washington. The autopsy revealed a gunshot wound to the driver's head, prompting authorities to arrest the last passengers that were in the vehicle, two 17-year-olds from Maryland. Both teenagers are facing homicide charges.
Although the source did not report whether there were in-cab security cameras, this technology can aid investigators and fleet managers by ensuring that every detail of a crime, including any actions of drivers, is accounted for.