Kingston, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Commuters Urged to use Cabbies They Know: The Half Way Tree police are warning of an emerging trend in the Corporate Area where men, posing as taxi operators, are robbing unsuspecting passengers.
This follows several reports in the past few days that two men, travelling in a grey Mazda Demio motorcar, have been robbing unsuspecting public transport users.
Police say the men typically operate in the morning and evening peak hours and frequent routes along Molynes Road, Papine and Hagley Park Road, usually heading towards Half Way Tree in St Andrew.
The police further disclosed that the motorcar poses as a route taxi, but uses white registration plates.
According to reports, the men lure would-be passengers into the motorcar then deviate from the stated route. They then rob the passengers of cash, bank cards and any other valuables.
They also demand Personal Identification Numbers, PINs for bank cards.
Commuters are being reminded to use only registered public passenger vehicles and as much as possible, to avoid travelling with strangers.
Contributed by Dr Colin O Jarrett