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24/06/04
Taxi Text Service Aims to Cut Crime
- Cab numbers can be recorded under new scheme

PEOPLE in London worried about their safety when travelling in licensed taxis and mini-cab can now have some of their fears assuaged through text messaging.

A new phone text service run by Hail Safe means passengers can text the cab's licence number to a central computer for later use should anything untoward happen on the journey.

Currently, many people, particularly women, who come under attack in cabs don't feel able to report the crime, partly because they can't clearly remember important details of the cab and its driver.

"I don't want people to get these crimes out of perspective as taxi crimes are rare," said Ceri Allen, Hail Safe's founder. "But just by taking a few simple steps women can increase their own personal safety."

More good news for taxi passengers might be around the corner with the announcement of Nokia's upcoming 'wave text' phone. It will be able to create, in mid-air, short, 15 character, messages - just enough to scrawl "Your views stink" for the benefit of those few drivers with an annoying take on issues of the day



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