Taxi cab drivers on alert after recent crime

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Recent crimes against taxi cab drivers have some drivers on high alert.

On Saturday, North Charleston police said a cab driver was choked by a passenger after they got into an argument over fare. Police said they did catch the suspect, and the victim did press charges.

Richard Nelson, a cab driver in North CHarleston said he's uneasy sometimes when driving his cab.

"You constantly have to be on the look out.  If someone looks suspicious, I don't pull over for them," said Nelson.

Nelson was robbed at gunpoint eight years ago when he was picking up a passenger. He said even though the robbery was scary, it hasn't kept him from driving a cab.

"Any job can be dangerous. Convenience store workers probably get robbed more than we do," said Nelson.

Some cab companies are taking note. Yellow Cab of Charleston installed panic buttons in all of their cabs that drivers can hit to alert police they're in danger. The company also installed credit card machines so drivers carry less cash on them.

"We can't completely ensure their safety, but we're taking as many steps as we can to make it as safe as possible," said Jerry Crosby, co-owner of Yellow Cab.

Nelson said the best thing you can do to stay safe is to stay alert.

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