Preventing Cargo Theft
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The trucks you operate and maintain are on the road constantly. Moving from city to city, state to state, it may feel like they are on the go all the time. However, that doesn’t mean vandalism or theft can’t occur. The trucking industry faces the unique risk of cargo theft. In order to protect the valuable goods of your customers, you must train your drivers to be prepared in case they find their truck has cargo missing.
An initial reaction to seeing cargo has been stolen is to panic. However, this will only make the situation worse. It is impossible to predict when a theft will occur, but that doesn’t mean your company has to remain vulnerable to it. Before sending your truckers out to make a shipment, make sure they know what procedures to take to prevent cargo theft with these tips:
- Use a variety of locks to secure the vehicle and cargo. Seals can also limit intrusion and alert the driver that the doors have been tampered with.
- Have some sort of surveillance on all your vehicles, whether they are traveling on the road, parked outside, or within view of the facility.
- Have your drivers immediately report all suspicious activity and/or theft to you and to law enforcement officials. When you are notified of an incident, make sure to respond quickly.
- Know the carrier and driver scheduled to pick up your cargo and verify their identity before releasing the load. Monitor delivery routes and be suspicious of overdue shipments or off route journeys.
- Ensure that alarm systems on your trucks are functioning properly. Communicate to driver teams that one person must remain with the vehicle at all times.
- Establish a strict pre-employment screening to reduce the risk of cargo theft inside the company. This will help eliminate those most likely to steal merchandise from a warehouse, loading dock, or truck.
At Mid South Truckers Group, we have lots of experience in the trucking industry, and advise your company to always be alert. This is one of the best ways to prevent cargo theft. Knowing your surroundings and be sensitive if something seems suspicious can help as well. If you do notice your cargo is missing, immediately contact the police and file a claim with us through our motor carrier insurance solutions. We can provide unequaled, individualized service designed specifically for the security of your motor carriers.