New Technology in Taxis Deterring Crime in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE – Workers at Burgit’s City Taxi said they drive different cabs in a different city, but they were still sickened to hear about a fellow cab driver killed on the job in Scranton.

"That someone would ever do that, take someone`s life, that`s just a horror,” said Robbie Burgit. “Our hearts and our prayers go out to that cab drivers family.”

The owner of Burgit’s City Taxi told Newswatch 16 that he started investing in new safety technology last year, when cabs became targets for overnight crime in the city.

Burgit said he has invested more than $16,000 in cab surveillance cameras, as well as emergency alert strobe lights on the roofs of his 18 taxis.

"Fifty-seven police departments have been notified in the Wyoming Valley, that when the alert light system is activated, that we ask that they would pursue us with lights and sirens and pull the taxi over,” said Burgit. “In my opinion, the money was well spent. Because what it does, it diffuses any misbehavior. All we want are people to call us, use the taxis without trouble.”