Crime Prevention Techniques Used by Taxi Drivers in Cardiff

Martha Jane Smith, Cardiff University

Research on crime victimisation in the UK shows that taxi drivers are at a high risk of violent victimisation compared to workers in other retail service occupations (Budd 1999). While there are a large number of crime prevention measures that can be used to help protect drivers, some of these involve costly equipment that makes their use prohibitive without some type of subsidy (Mayhew 2000). The present study uses a script-analytic approach (Cornish 1994) to look at the equipment and techniques that taxi drivers in Cardiff use to protect themselves against crime while driving both ply-for-hire and private-hire cabs.

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Updated 05/20/2006