It is no secret that insecurity in Mexico has reached very high levels and women are one of the most vulnerable groups in this situation. Just from 2018 to 2019, the kidnapping womenVeracruz being the place with the highest reports according to the study carried out by Alto Al Secuestro, an organization that seeks to end this problem.

According to official figures from the SSC, on average one crime happens a day aboard taxis in CDMX, mainly express kidnapping and rape; most are reported outside of workplaces or out of bars and nightclubs.

Private transportation apps are not spared, and according to Uber, 464 rapes and 5,981 sexual assaults were reported between 2017 and 2018 worldwide.

That is why we have put together a series of tips that could help you to travel safelyEither in a taxi or private transport application vehicle. The order does not imply its level of importance or complexity, since in these situations it is necessary to act quickly if any anomaly is detected.

- Tips for traveling safely by taxi or private transport

Check that it does not have the child lock activated

Most of today's cars have a "hidden" lock that locks the rear doors so that children cannot open them while driving on the streets. Unfortunately, this element has been misused by assailants because, even if the door is unlocked manually, it will not open until someone operates it from outside.

No matter how in a hurry, take a moment to check that the child lock is not activated before you get on the unit. When opening the door check in the frame at the height of the handle a logo with a padlock, and check that it is unlocked.

We repeat that it is impossible to deactivate this from inside the car, therefore, do not get on the unit if you notice that the child lock is activated and ask for another transport.

- Tips for traveling safely by taxi or private transport

Check the information before starting your trip

By regulation, all taxis must have a card with the driver's information placed visibly in the car. This is attached to the right rear door window so that the user can read the driver's information before getting in.

These cards feature the driver's name and photo, so it will be easy for you to compare if the person who is driving the car is the same. If you notice any anomaly, it is advisable to let that taxi pass and take another unit regardless of the justifications they give you.

In the case of private transport applications, before getting on ask the driver for his name, which should match the one shown on your cell phone. In the same way, check that the model and license plates of the car are the same that were informed to you prior to your trip.

- Tips for traveling safely by taxi or private transport

Ask me to take known routes and main roads

If the journey you are about to take is a daily one, it is very possible that the path to take is already something familiar to you, so if you notice that the driver wants to change the route under any pretext, ask him to stay on the path that you indicated. .

In case they refuse, get out of the unit as soon as possible and wait in a crowded place for you to continue on your way.

General recommendations

-As far as possible, maintain communication with a person by phone so that the driver knows that someone else is aware of your trip.
-Never reveal personal information to the driver.
-Avoid that the destination of the trip is directly your home or place of work and, preferably, get off one or two streets before so that no one knows the places you frequent.
-Have emergency numbers handy 911 or 088 On your cellphone
-Don't travel in the front seat. It is advisable to sit opposite the driver, as this will make it more difficult for him to reach you and give you valuable seconds if you need to escape.
-Avoid taking taxis with plates "in progress" or those that do not start with the letters A, B, E or M, follow four numbers and any letter.