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Taxi camera, driver hailed for helping make arrest

Dash cams have been installed in approximately 700 cabs in San Francisco

By C.W. Nevius
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Last Friday night a local woman was walking down Polk Street, talking on her cell phone, when, according to the police, a man named Brandon C. West attacked her, ripped the phone out of her hands and sprinted away.

As he headed down the street, he must have thought the heist had gone perfectly. What he didn't know was that new technology captured everything on video. Quietly, taxicab companies in the city have outfitted roughly 700 cabs with "dash cams," video cameras that continuously record 180-degree shots out the front windshield.

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