Due to recent events in Mexico, which have exposed the insecurity associated with the use of mobile plantations with which transport services are requested, and more specifically, the femicide of Mara Fernanda Castilla, who was a fatal victim due to insecurity that remains latent in a world that advances in telecommunications, but continues to breed unscrupulous monsters.

Security measures if you travel in Uber, Cabify or similar

This information on security measures that must be taken urgently is not only intended for women, this is valid for men and women of all ages, since the points mentioned serve both to prevent kidnappings or to be victims of theft, as well as so that no crime goes unpunished, in the worst case.

How to use your cell phone intelligently

Activate the GPS (even if it consumes you data) that your locator is 100% activated at all times. Thanks to this tool, they were able to locate exactly where Mara’s cell phone was found all this time. —If you take a taxi, Uber, Cabify, or any other, you should never sit in the front seat . It is the first place where you will be most vulnerable.

Where is better to sit

Sit in the back seats and, above all, never behind the driver’s or chauffeur’s seat. but on the opposite side. In this position, he will have a hard time maneuvering if he wants to immobilize you and even if he parks the vehicle, it gives you a few valuable seconds to get out of the car and run without being immediately within reach if he gets out of the car.

Before getting into the vehicle

Before going up, take a photo of the plates and send it to the family member pending your transfer. Send a screenshot of the profile that your platform sends you to the family member pending your transfer. Verify that the vehicle has the same data as you have: license plates, car model, driver and image with data from it. Never get in a car if the license plates don’t match . It does not matter the “explanations that the” driver “may give you. It has been confirmed that these types of platforms are being hacked to commit crimes. Do not trust.

Cancel the trip and report it

From the moment you upload, make sure you are in line with your family member or trusted person. Let the driver notice it and never end the call until you are inside your home or the place where you are going and the person who is waiting for you receives you.

If the driver is uncomfortable, it is not your problem. There is a real problem and to this, we are simply reacting. WE ARE WATCHING OURSELVES. You do not owe him an explanation, it is a service and as such it is being used and being paid for. If these platforms are not guaranteeing our security, we must.

Use car insurance to your advantage

Once you get into the vehicle, check that the safety locks at the rear are in place. In an emergency, when you notice something that makes you suspicious, only unseat your side if you need to get out of the car to flee.

Identify bullying quickly

If the driver makes inappropriate comments, do not expect him to improve, that will not happen. Chances are that past the first bullying point, move on and it may get worse. Wait until you reach the first traffic light in sight, where there are more people in traffic movement and without explanation get off the car, get away and find a safe place to report verbal harassment from the driver. THIS SHOULD NOT EXIST AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. Therefore, it is reason to cancel the service. Do not forget. Life first, then doubts. It is not your fault that you feel in danger. We are. Leave the grief for later and the doubts of yes or no. It’s your life, remember it. That is not thought twice because sometimes there is no other opportunity to think about it.

Request services only from legally established places

Just contact insurance service. There are so many pirate taxis freely circulating that you will never be able to tell one from the other unless you request it directly by phone.

Avoid sharing the route to make it cheaper for you. “Cheap is expensive.” Now, more than ever that saying is true. The more strangers who enter the car you requested, the more exposed you are.

It is not your fault if someone chose that you would be their victim, there is nothing wrong with you, it is not the time or your clothes, or if you drank or not, or if you have an emergency or if you are pretty. Simply, you are vulnerable because this is how these predators have learned to live who see in a woman any opportunity to commit a crime and go unpunished.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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