Cargo theft has created challenges for all businesses, even small ones. Truck stops, highway rest areas, unsecured lots, and distribution centers are frequent targets.
Protecting cargo along the way is key to successful deliveries and keeping your insurance costs down.
Here are some TIPS for improving your results:
Use security equipment to secure trailers while they are being staged.
King pin locks and landing gear locks are recommended along with high security locks on the cargo doors. And when tractors are married to trailers, air cuff locks are recommended.
Maintain Constant Contact.
- Drivers should maintain communication with dispatch during stops at high risk areas such as truck stops and rest areas. They should inform dispatch of the address of the stop, duration of the stop and how long they will be away from the truck/cargo. Drivers should always have their cell phone when away from the load.
- Keep cargo moving. Cargo at rest is cargo at risk!
- Define limits on how long a loaded trailer/container can remain unattended. Be aware of high theft areas in the country that could be part of a route. Limit the need for weekend transits to minimize loads being staged for extended time periods while waiting for weekday delivery.
Know where thefts are occurring!
Focus on the “hot spots” and “hot times” – near busy ports and their surrounding areas with the highest rate of theft occurring in CA, TX, NJ, IL, FL and GA. Thefts spike around the holidays and are also more frequent on weekends (particularly Saturdays) and late in the afternoon when drivers stop for food and rest.
Park in secure locations!
Park vehicles in well-lit spaces and be alert to danger signals such as signs that a vehicle may be following you or paying undo attention to you. Consider employing a security company or utilizing a parking lot with a security guard to control incoming and exiting traffic.
Use covert tracking devices
For high value/high target loads, use covert tracking devices that will enable geo-tracing during stops and tracking in the event of a theft.
Employ theft prevention devices
You can disable fuel, hydraulic, and/or electrical systems for stops and layovers.
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