As a trucker, you are responsible for whatever you are hauling from the time you pull away from the loading dock until you get to your final destination. Unfortunately, there are people out there that take advantage of truckers who are resting or taking a break and try to steal their cargo. Fortunately, there are some steps that can be taken to prevent cargo theft.
When Does Cargo Theft Happen?
Cargo theft is often a crime of opportunity. This means that the thieves can’t really plan their crime because they don’t know that the truck is going to be hauling something worth stealing. They will be looking for the easiest score possible. Cargo theft happens most often while a truck is idling at a truck stop or fuel station. Sometimes the thieves will just break into the trailer and steal the contents, and sometimes they will detach the whole trailer and drive off with it!
Some of the most alluring cargo theft targets are electronics, foods, drinks, clothing, cigarettes, alcohol, and other commodities that can easily be re-sold.
Deterring Cargo Theft
It is unfortunate that there are people that try to take advantage of situations at truck stops and rest areas to try and make a quick buck, but it does happen. To help keep cargo theft from happening, follow these tips:
- Stay alert at all times during your stops.
- Never discuss your cargo over your radio or with anyone but your dispatcher and your customers.
- If you suspect that you are being followed, call your dispatcher and 911, especially if the suspect vehicle has three or more passengers.
- When you stop for a break or for the night, park in well-lit areas with video surveillance.
- Keep cargo doors secured with strong, tamper-resistant padlocks at all times.
- If you can, don’t stop in areas that are known for high crime.
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