File photo by John Han
The SF Appeal is reporting that a taxi driver was struck in the head with an unknown object and then robbed Thursday night.
The violence occurred at the intersection of 25th St. and De Haro. The suspect is reported to have fled and has not been found as of this morning.
The violence comes after a string of eight robberies were committed against cab drivers between July and September of this year. Those robberies were believed to have been committed by an individual serial robber.
That suspect was eventually caught, largely due to still photos taken by a window mounted camera. However, the images did not prevent the robberies from being committed in the first place.
Window mounted video cameras have their value in the taxi business. They record accidents and can help insurance companies, cab companies, and cab drivers that have been involved in an accident, to prove whether the incident was at fault or not.
But no data has been released publicly as to how well the cameras perform in deterring crimes from happening.