Deliveroo riders to wear cameras after being subject to acid attacks

File photo dated 06/01/16 of a Deliveroo cycle rider in central London. Deliveroo has reduced its food delivery time in the UK by 20% this year thanks to a new algorithm for plotting distances between restaurants, riders and customers, the company has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday July 26, 2017. The food delivery app says its new Frank algorithm, which came online in January, has reduced the average customer wait time from order to delivery to 29 minutes. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Deliveroo. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Deliveroo delivery riders are going to start wearing video cameras after several of the food courier's riders have been subject to violent acid attacks in London.

The courier has announced it is trialling the use of GoPro cameras to protect its riders against the acid attacks, which have been increasingly happening across London. They have also been the victim of numerous robberies too.

Deliveroo has also said it will hire an additional 50 staff who will be dedicated to monitoring rider safety, while also providing its employees with training to hopefully prevent future incidents.

In the past weeks, riders from Deliveroo, Uber and other courier firms have been subject to violent attacks including stabbings, vehicle thefts and acid attacks. Scores of the riders have reportedly not completed deliveries because of safety fears and harassment from moped gangs that have been terrorising London in recent months.

Deliveroo riders will now be able to report incidents using the app, as well as filming it with the head-mounted cameras, that can be then sent to the police and the company.

Dan Warne, managing director of Deliveroo UK and Ireland told the BBC: "We will do everything we can to protect our riders and have put in place new measures so that riders can report any concerns they have or even move to work in another area if they feel unsafe.

"We are working closely with the police and local councils, and sharing all the information our riders give us in order to tackle crime against our riders."

By Ted Welford
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