WashingtonThe crime of car theft is rampant;ChristmasThere may be more cases in the coming days, and the city government will provide free on-board photography and tracking devicesonline car hailingServing drivers and the general public, we hope to use technological products to prevent crime and facilitate police investigations.
Upon hearing the news, Penner, 58, a specialized driver for online ride-hailing service company Lyft, immediately got in line to get the device. He said, “Christmas is coming, and everyone is short of money.” Recently, it gets dark early, so he doesn’t drive at night: “I’ll be nervous. I feel very unsafe.”
Taxi drivers and food delivery people like him can get a car camera device for free, and the police officer delivering it will teach them how to use it.
Fenita Dilworth, a grandmother, also arrived at the parking lot of Robert Kennedy Stadium to get in line to receive it. She laughed, “They said I could bring a camera in the car and someone would help me set it up. Gangsters know their every move will be recorded, so they probably don’t dare to do stupid things. “
The Associated Press reported that on-board cameras are distributed only to online ride-hailing service operators like Uber, Lyft and Alto, and food delivery operators like DoorDash. Residents of areas with the worst car theft cases can get the Apple electronic tracker AirTag. This coin-sized device also has anti-tracking capabilities.
The Greater Washington Police Department and DC City Government jointly launched a campaign to provide in-car photography and electronic trackers with the aim of combating crime in several ways. When Deputy Mayor Lindsay Appiah reported to the congressional Judiciary Committee last month, she said Washington was mired in a “crime crisis.”
As of November 14 this year, murders in Washington have increased by 34% compared to the same period last year, car thefts have increased by 98%, and carjackings have more than doubled to 104%. Even members of Congress and diplomats are not immune from becoming victims of car robberies.
DoorDash donated $500,000 to purchase 2,500 in-car cameras.