With robberies of food delivery drivers in the Baltimore news recently, police have provided data showing that in nearly two-thirds of them, the food order was placed as a ruse and with the intention of committing a robbery, the Baltimore Sun reports. There have been 66 food delivery driver robberies this year, and in 42 of them, investigators believe the robbers placed the order.
In the other 24 robberies, police believe the driver was ambushed as he fulfilled a legitimate order. Robberies of delivery drivers represent about one-sixth of all commercial robberies reported in Baltimore this year. Commercial robberies are down this year by 11 percent, with 415 reported as of Oct. 20 compared with 465 at the same point last year. Police are working on an awareness campaign for delivery drivers to let them know warning signs and to urge them to call 911 if they feel unsafe while making a delivery.