‘Tis the season to be a cargo thief, now that most of the goods have been shipped, many facilities and warehouses will be closed or having extended dark hours during the upcoming holidays, and thieves will be using this time to find easy targets involving warehouses and loaded trailers/rigs left unattended (Coughlin & Tiger, 2012).
The Christmas and New Year’s elongated holiday weekends will provide cargo thieves a prime opportunity to take advantage of businesses that do not prepare properly for this downtime. Below is a list of suggestions to help maintain the integrity of:Facilities:
- Check security alarm and surveillance systems to ensure proper working order.
- Ensure batteries are fresh in exit doors and back up cellular phone.
- Perform perimeter checks, look at fencing or other types of barriers to ensure they are properly secured.
- Ensure company alarm call list is current and contains valid phone numbers. Require responsible persons to respond to all alarm calls, even if the system is suspected of malfunctioning.
- Contact law enforcement and ask for additional patrols in the area.
- Remove keys from all warehouse equipment (forklifts) and place in a secure location (Coughlin & Tiger, 2012).
- If you have to leave your rig or loaded trailer unattended, look for a secure lot or authorized location to leave vehicles.
- If forced to leave vehicles at a public facility (truck stop, etc.) pick one that is well lit and utilizes surveillance equipment.
- Use covert trucking devices in the cargo with geo-fencing and alert notifications.
- Secure the tractor and trailer with a steering wheel locking device, kingpin locks, glad-hand locks (or other security equipment.) Put industrial strength padlocks on trailers.
- Do Not leave keys inside tractor.
- Check on the unattended vehicles as frequently as possible.
- Notify dispatch of where and when you have dropped the load and estimated time of return (Coughlin & Tiger, 2012).
Everyone here at Dawson Transportation Services wishes you a Happy Holidays and New Year! Please be safe out on the roads this Holiday Season!
Coughlin, J.J. & Tiger, A. (2012). Holiday Security Protocols. Supply Chain Integrity electronic communication.