Last year, reported that cargo thefts were on the decline, but the value of stolen goods increased. Oklahoma may not be in the top states for cargo thefts, that doesn’t mean drivers don’t have to be aware. California, New Jersey and Texas were the top three states, which makes sense. The largest container ports are in California and New Jersey, while Texas is a hub of cross-border freight. Today’s drivers face a risk each time they take a load. Let’s take a look at security tips for truck drivers and see how drivers can be more secure when hauling freight.
Awareness Is Key
- Dispatch should stay in touch with drivers on a regular basis.
- Cargo is more likely to be stolen when it’s stopped. Keep cargo moving. Team drivers are generally preferred for security.
- Don’t leave trucks unattended. When a truck is stopped, use locks and park tail to tail to prevent the rear trailer from being opened. Parking against a building is another option that can prevent theft.
- Don’t take trucks home. Park in a secure yard or a well-lit location.
- Don’t talk about what is in your truck. Don’t give out route information.
- Use padlocks and low-tech measures. Lock doors. Double check locks when stopped. Take keys.
- Be suspicious. There are reports of cars hitting a semi to get the driver to pull over.
- Follow delivery and pickup procedures. Drivers should check badges of people unloading trucks.
- The highest risk for cargo theft is near pickup points and terminals. Have time to get far away from one of these places before stopping.
- Use technology to guide trucks through safer neighborhoods. GPS technology can actually track trucks and alerts a company when it goes off-route.