If Your Car Is Ever Stolen, Have Taxi Companies Help You Find It

Hopefully, you will never need to use this information, but here it is just in case: The first calls you should make if your car is stolen is to all the taxi companies in your city. With a little reward incentive, you can have fleets of cabbies looking for your stolen car.

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This tip comes from Marginal Revolution reader Tyler Cowen, who says:

You offer a $50 reward to the driver who finds it AND a $50 reward to the dispatcher on duty when the car is found. The latter is to encourage dispatchers on shift to continually remind drivers of your stolen car. Of course you should call the police too but first things first. There are a lot more cabs than cops so cabbies will find it first -and they’re more frequently going in places cops typically don’t go, like apartment and motel complex parking lots, back alleys etc. Lastly, once the car is found, a swarm of cabs will descend and surround it because cabbies, like anyone else, love excitement and want to catch bad guys.

Hit up the link below to also find out the reason why seemingly knowledgable cab drivers ask how to get to your destination.

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