Friday, April 15, 2016

How Safe is Your Truck From Cargo Thieves?

OK, so you’re the type of trucker that always plays it safe. You always lock your truck up when you’re going inside a truck stop for a bite to eat, you roll your windows up, and make sure your cargo in the back is safely secured and locked.

But even if you do everything in your power to prevent something from happening, is your truck safe from cargo thieves?

The Growing Issue of Cargo Theft

Unfortunately, cargo theft is a growing problem throughout the US, and it’s one that isn’t slowing down. Just last year in the United States, cargo theft increased 30%, further proving that something needs to be done, and fast.

But the real question, what do we do to combat the issue?

Many think increased security will help cease the problem, as countries like the Netherlands and the UK have already implemented increased security, and in turn, have seen cargo theft decrease dramatically over the last few years. So maybe we need to start taking cargo theft as seriously as they do, before the problem becomes worse. 

But since you can’t really control the amount of security the US decides to allot towards cargo theft, there are a few things you can do yourself in order to keep yourself safe on the road.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Cargo

While there is no sure-fire way to thwart all cargo thieves, here are a couple preventative measures that will help keep both you, your truck, and your precious (or not-so-precious) cargo safe on the road:

Keep it moving: As common sense would tell you, cargo theft is significantly easier for thieves if you stop and leave your trailer unattended. Well, that is, unless you’ve got the crew from The Fast and the Furious coming after your cargo. So be sure to keep your truck moving and on the road as much as possible, and when you do stop, NEVER leave your trailer or cab unlocked or unattended.

Keep an eye on high-theft areas: Yeah, after all it is 2016 now, so you don’t have to look around and make an educated guess as to whether or not you think you’re in a safe area to stop or park for the night. Just do a little research; trust me, Google is your friend. Just look for states, cities, areas, and even truck stops that have a high rate of crime, and then avoid those places like the plague (if you can). And if that inevitable load comes and you do have to travel through an area you aren’t comfortable with, be on high alert.

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