28 November 2013
This month has seen the launch of London Taxi Watch, a new initiative encouraging taxi drivers to give information about crime anonymously. Launched on 28th November, the initiative has been devised by Crimestoppers, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Radio Taxis Group.
The launch outside London's City Hall
London Taxi Watch has been extremely well received so far and it is hoped that with the help over 2,500 taxi drivers working in all areas of London, 24 hours a day, that the London community will feel safer.
Crimestoppers’ London Campaigns Manager, Regan Hook said:
"We are truly delighted to make this scheme a reality and allow taxi drivers across London to become everyday heroes by combatting crime positively. London’s taxi driving community is the 'eyes and ears' of the city so they can invaluably help fight crime by contacting the charity anonymously and play a part in making London safer.”
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe hailed London's cabbies as "the best in the world".
He said: "With police officers they are there all hours, all weathers and all places. They can be our eyes and ears and help victims of crime."
If any taxi associations would also like to join the initiative or get further information then please contact the Crimestoppers Press Office.
If anyone has information about crime that they would like to pass on without being identified, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the Anonymous Online Form. Both routes are 100% anonymous – names are not taken, calls and IP addresses are not traced or recorded and you will never have to go to court.
A reward of up to £1,000 is also available to anyone who gives information that leads to the arrest and charge of an individual/individuals via Crimestoppers' 0800 555 111 telephone number. For more information on how to submit information so as to qualify for a reward, and to receive a reward code, please visit our Rewards page.*
*Note: Information passed to police will not qualify.