Chicago taxicab safety tips
Author: Chicago Police Department & Department of Consumer Services
Safety onboard a cab in Chicago.
All taxicabs should be equipped with safety shields.
All taxicabs should be equipped with a metal safety plate affixed to the back of the front seat.
All taxicabs should be equipped with a two-way radio that is working properly.
Limit the amount of money you are carrying by making periodic bank deposits or in a safe installed in the cab.
Do not display large amounts of money when giving change. You should not have more than $20 or $30 USC.
Notify your dispatcher at the start of every trip, get specific information on the destination, i.e. correct address, etc.
If applicable, maintain good, accurate trip sheets.
Always be alert and aware of your location.
Be courteous and make eye contact with your passenger(s).
Maintain observation of your passenger(s) by using your rear view mirror. If you observe any suspicious movements, contact your dispatcher with a pre-arranged code and give your exact location.
Do not engage your customer in a conversation concerning personal information.
Stay in your cab when discharging or picking up passengers in isolated areas.
When an individual who either displays a weapon or says he/she has a weapon confronts you, DO NOT RESIST. Comply with demands and ESCAPE WITH THE LEAST POSSIBLE HARM. Contact the Police immediately and give a good description of the offender(s).
In case of emergency DIAL 911
Non-emergency DIAL 746-6000
Department of Consumer Services, (312) 744-9400
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