When people take a taxi cab, one of the things that they are entitled to is a safe ride. However, it is also important that the driver be protected. One of the security measures which can bring some safety to all passengers and drivers is the inclusion of security cameras in taxis. Because these have been so effective in reducing crime in cabs, more and more companies are installing them now. Don’t be surprised if you find that the Oak Park taxi services that you utilize have now installed cameras in most of, or even all of their cars.
If there is a security camera in your taxi, the cab company will probably make sure that you know this before you even sit down in the car. Most of the time, it is required that any car which has a security camera in it displays a warning to this effect clearly. Usually this will be a warning or a logo on the side of the car or the window which lets customers know that the car is monitored by a security camera at all times.
Interestingly enough, sometimes security cameras in taxis aren’t even real. Most of the time, even the threat of a security camera is enough to prevent crime from happening according to some studies. This means that sometimes a company will put up a warning that there is a security camera without installing one, or install a fake camera. These are alternatives which are used primarily to save money, although they provide no help in the event that an actual crime is committed.
There is some concern about a lack of privacy that is created when traveling in a taxi that has security cameras in it. Realistically, people get in cabs when going on dates, when coming back after partying all night, when they’re searching for a new job, and during many other trips that they want to keep private. The good news is that your privacy is safe. It is very clear that security tapes from inside a cab are never looked at unless there is good reason to. This means that no one is going to be looking through those tapes without a reason that has been created due to a crime being committed. If no crime is reported in the ride that you were on, then the tapes of that ride will never be looked at.