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Security cameras to deter maxi bandits
Maxi taxis drivers plying their trade on the East/West corridor, along the Priority Bus Route and Eastern Main Road, have resorted to installing mobile cameras in their vehicles as a deterrent to combat frequent armed robberies.
This was confirmed yesterday by president of the Route Two Maxi Taxi Association Linus Phillip.
Phillip was speaking on the heels of the latest incident which occurred on Monday night.
According to a police report, the maxi taxi driver picked up about eight passengers at the Arima stand bound for City Gate, in Port-of-Spain.
Upon reaching the traffic light, near Windy Hill in Arouca, one of the passengers, took out a firearm and announced a hold-up. Police said the gunman robbed the driver and his passengers of an undisclosed sum of money and valuables before running off. A report was made by the driver and passengers to the Arouca Police Station.
Phillip said that robberies occur on an “off and on” basis, “sometimes when the robberies start it would happen almost regular and all along the bus route and main road because dem fellas (referring to the thieves) operate from different points, sometimes they board from the taxi stand or picked up along the way. Then it would have a lull.”
He added that some drivers have now sacrificed that extra expense to install security cameras. Phillip urged the travelling public to be on the alert.
“We are asking people and the drivers to be a little more vigilant and like everybody else, we are asking for the help from the police where this is concerned,” he added.
Phillip said there are 1,150 red-band maxis that service the PBR route and 850 on the main road route.
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