The Fiji Police Force is concerned on the increasing number of cases received of assault and aggravated robberies against taxi drivers for the past week.
Deputy Director of Operations Superintendent of Police Abdul Khan is urging all taxi operators to consider their safety at all times.
He said the police receives an average of two reports per week.
The force is even more worried that most taxis are used as getaway vehicles for other robberies.
“The recent spate of robberies against taxi operators has shown a shift in crime trends and we are asking operators to be alert at all times, and carefully consider their safety,” said SP Khan.
“We will not condone the actions of those who are intent on not only hurting innocent taxi drivers but also are planning other unlawful acts.”
As such SP Khan is advising drivers to choose their passengers wisely.
He said they understand that this has been an issue before where drivers should not be choosing their passengers.
However, Khan said in this instance the force will have to seriously ask drivers to consider their passengers wisely and if they feel unsafe at any point in time to drive to their nearest police station or community post.
By Ropate Valemei