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Cab driver's murder sparks renewed call for cameras in taxicabs

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Police on scene of a fatal shooting in the Central West End (Larry Cummins KMOV) Police on scene of a fatal shooting in the Central West End (Larry Cummins KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- There's a renewed push for cameras in taxicabs following the murder of a cab driver in the Central West End Thursday morning.  

Police say the cab driver, 38-year-old Timothy Grice was robbed and killed seven hours before investigators even knew about it.          

Authorities say he was the only person inside his cab.

Grice's murder has talks about cab driver safety. Drivers say they would like to see cameras placed in every taxicab to use as a crime deterrent.

“It think it’s safer for the driver if you have a camera in the car, to be for sure. It would be safe for him and the passenger. If there’s bad passenger, you can see in the camera after and give it to police,” said Khder Hmoudan, who’s been a cab driver for 20 years.

Hmoudan says taxicabs in other big cities like New York have installed a glass between the passenger and cab driver as an added measure of protection.

A spokesperson with the St. Louis Taxicab Commission acknowledges driving a taxicab is a dangerous job, and many companies are looking to do more.

"Several companies have mentioned that they are considering the installation of cameras in their vehicles," the spokesperson wrote in a statement.

Ted Hylla, the vice president of Laclede Cab says installing cameras is an option they have discussed and will continue to evaluate.

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