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Providing restaurant delivery workers with cell phones and noisemakers protects them from the risk of assault or robbery.
Restaurant delivery workers have a potentially dangerous job, often traveling by themselves, sometimes late at night. In New York City, there have been reports of delivery workers being robbed or assaulted as they did their runs, causing some restaurants to stop delivery service. To help protect delivery workers, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, City Councilwoman Letitia James, and the New York State Restaurant Association teamed up to create the "Safe Delivery Program." Participants in the program will receive cell phones with GPS capabilities that are programed to call 911 if needed, and a noisemaker (worn on the wrist) that emits130-decible noise to ward off attackers. In addition, restaurants and their employees will display patches and stickers demonstrating their participation in the program. The pilot will begin with restaurants in Councilwoman James' Brooklyn district, with plans to expand statewide. (Photo and thumbnail: Ed Yourdon/Flickr)