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Have you ever taken a taxi ride and suspected that the meter was going faster than it should be? You’re suspicions might have been correct if you were ever a passenger of Wasim Khalid Cheema. The Brooklyn taxi driver is said to have hacked his taxi meter in order to routinely charge his passengers double the fare. It’s estimated that his meter hack stole a total of $40k during a 6 month period.

“(Cheema) has a pattern of deceiving passengers in a manner which is clearly against the best interests of the public,” a city administrative law judge wrote in a decision against him last month. “Members of the riding public must be able to trust that taxicab drivers will … be honest.”

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Taxi cab driver, Wasim Khalid Cheema

After passengers complained, investigators used the GPS tracking technology installed in all NYC taxi meters to determine that Cheema was actually charging riders the rate reserved for trips to Nassau and Westchester counties.

 

(Via AMNY)

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subway“If You See Something Say Something” is the motto that is plastered all over the subway stations of NYC. And soon, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be able to see something too, in fact they will be able to see everything.

The MTA plans to place surveillance equipment in one of their newest trains by the end of this year.  While the videos won’t be watched live, they could provide crucial information in criminal cases.

Could this be a new trend, following the MTA surveillance system project in Maryland?  Perhaps, but the MTA wants to first see how the program goes (fiscally, effectiveness, etc.) before it starts to outfit all of the system’s trains with surveillance equipment. If the plan does go through, we think that it will be a great way to make the MTA a safer way to travel, especially late at night and in deserted areas. After all, there is no better deterrent for a criminal than knowing that there is a surveillance system watching him.

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