At a media launch yesterday the topic at our table was the Ipit Taxi Gang. We heard of at least two colleagues who had encountered these muggers who prey on taxi riders. Crime is terrifying to think about, but it is ten times more terrifying when it happens to people who know people you know. It moves out of the realm of the abstract—stuff that happens to other people—and becomes a real threat.
Our friend was particularly irritated at the police advising people to guard against the Ipit Taxi Gang by checking the child locks before entering a taxi (You roll down the window and see if you can open the door from outside). Yeah, shift the onus of safety (i.e. not getting mugged) onto the passengers. In the first place, does anyone have time to do that? By the time you’ve rolled down the window, the taxi will have driven away. Usually we’re just so glad to find an available taxi that we’ll take it, even if it’s dilapidated and smelly.
In this video, Atom Araullo shows you what to do in case the Ipit Taxi Gang strikes.
Okay, but you’ll probably need Atom’s muscles to do that right. Some may even be too distracted by the T-shirt to remember those tips.
It might help to sit directly behind the driver, and then make a phone call to a friend giving the plate number and name of the taxi company. This way the driver knows that someone knows you’re in the vehicle.