Written By: Emma, Island County Advocate
Each year October is designated as National Crime Prevention Month. The National Crime Prevention Council assigns each week in October to a specific theme to help bring awareness to different issues. This week we have been exploring safety measures for keeping safe while using rideshares.
According to the Pew Research Center, 51% of adults between 18-29 state that they have used a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft in the U.S. Rideshares are great options for a night out on the town and commuting. However, it is important to be mindful when choosing to ride with a stranger!
Implement some of these tips to increase your safety while traveling. If possible, try not to ride alone. Order your ride from inside and wait until your ride appears before heading outside. Always make sure to check your ride when it arrives. Make sure the car make, model, license plate, and driver name matches up to the one that is displayed on your phone. You can even ask the driver to verify your name. Alert a friend or family member of your travel plans; Many rideshare apps now allow you to share your trip details including the route in real-time. Avoid in divulging personal information while riding. If you are ever feeling uncomfortable or uneasy, do not hesitate to act on those feelings by alerting authorities or ending the ride when it safe. Always trust your gut!
If you or someone you know has been victimized, please feel to call or text our trained advocates 24/7 at 1-888-288-9221.