I am distraught.
The murder of a female college student, Samantha Josephson, is unnerving. Apparently she got into the car that police postulate she mistook for the Uber she requested. It was not.
I believe in and adore the best of humanity--our profound capacity to give and love. However, I’ve seen many examples of human depravity. Growing up working poor in Los Angeles (no, not South Central—a media misnomer) and Clinical Social Work have exposed me to just how hurtful people can be. Samantha’s murder exemplifies the wickedness within because a decent human being would have told her about the mistake and let her out of the car.
The seeming collision of coincidences that led to this crime of opportunity are frightening. Samantha requested an Uber. The murderer arrived about the time and in the vehicle she expected. She got in his car. He took advantage.
I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. Ever. I’ve used ride share frequently and have had a handful of hiccups. However, my life was never in danger. And I am hopeful that the safety steps I employ will help keep you safe.
1. Verify the make, model, and license plate # of the car before getting in
2. Compare the driver's face and name to the driver profile in the app
3. Sit in the back seat on solo rides
4. Share my ride with others via the app so they can see where the car is at all times
5. Keep my phone handy and the app open just in case
Because of technology, ride share is safer than cabs. So let’s not give criminals the opportunity to harm us. Be aware and stay safe!
Glen Alex, author of Living In Total Health, host of The Glen Alex Show, and health & wellness coach. Visit LivingInTotalHealth.com for more information.