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Be Circumspect with Taxi Drivers

Most people use taxis at some time or another. Here is advice for travelling in your home town, especially if you are on the way to an airport, bus or train station.

Most taxi drivers are honest people just trying to earn a living for their families. However, I have lived in a city where some taxi drivers are involved in organised crime.

When a taxi driver asks you details about yourself, your home, your destination or the purpose of your journey, he is probably just being friendly. However, if you truthfully answer his or her questions, you may be giving information that an accomplice could use to burgle your home. The driver may know whether your home is empty and how long you are expected to be away.

Even If you do not deliberately give information to your driver, if you frequently use the same taxi company, drivers may get to know your habits. For that reason, consider using a variety of taxi companies if you frequently travel in taxis to or from your home.

If a driver asks questions that could compromise the security of your home, do not hurt his feelings by simply refusing to answer. Rather, give obscure replies or tell "white lies". The driver is probably, after all, just trying to be amiable but WHY TAKE THE CHANCE?


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