TAXIDRIVERS are being warned to be aware and cautious of the passengers they pick up.
The police directive comes with the emergence of a trend in which two or three men will target taxidrivers with the intent of committing a crime against them.
In a statement yesterday, police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the new move was important for the safety of drivers and the public.
"Police are advising taxidrivers that if they feel unsafe at any point in time, to drive to their nearest community post or police station and seek assistance," he said.
"Since January, reports received of aggravated robberies against taxidrivers now stand at more than 11.
"The criminal elements will also take the weather conditions as an opportunity to target drivers which is why we are advising caution."
The most recent report of this type of incident occurred at 5pm on Sunday when two unknown men hired a taxi from Tamavua and robbed the driver of $111 cash and assorted cards.