As Chicago carjackings surge, rideshare drivers demand photo requirement as a deterrent

CHICAGO (WLS) — Rideshare chauffeurs state they’re operating in worry as carjackings throughout Chicago rise. Some collected Tuesday night to hold a vigil for other chauffeurs who have actually ended up being victims.

Gathered on a West Side walkway, city rideshare chauffeurs clutched candle lights in honor of their associates who have actually taken a bullet on the job. Mustafa Alawsi was almost among them.

“They ordered a ride and got in my car and they pulled a gun on me and took my car,” the previous rideshare motorist stated. “I gave it to them because he had his gun to my head. It’s just a car, you can replace a car.”

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That was the last time he ever drove for Uber or Lyft in November. Carjackings have actually escalated tremendously ever since.

“He’s going to be paralyzed for the rest of his life from the waist down,” Uber motorist Leonard Sanchez stated in referral to an event that occurred Feb. 27.

On January 20, security video caught a group of carjackers threatening a rideshare motorist at gunpoint and speeding off in the middle of the night. Another was left shot in the chest in the rear seat of his automobile in broad daytime recently.

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“It’s like a flashback every single time I start thinking about what happened,” Alawsi stated.

Chicago cops records reveal 366 carjackings up until now this year, since March 7. That’s 130% more than the exact same duration in 2020, when cops state they reacted to 159 carjackings. Now these chauffeurs are requiring modifications that would need travelers to reveal an image prior to buying a flight.

“If there is a group of carjackers, ‘hey guys, let’s go carjack somebody, who is going to take the picture so we can order it?'” Sanchez stated. “I’m guessing the carjackers are going to be deterred.”

In action, Lyft released a declaration that stated: “We appreciate IDG’s proposals to enhance driver safety and we look forward to working together on these issues.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.