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Showing posts with label Cargo theft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cargo theft. Show all posts

Thursday, April 25, 2019

What Are The Silent Protocols When On The Highway

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What Are The Silent Protocols When On The HighwayAs every trucker knows there are quite a bit of rules and regulations required from DOT; however, veteran truckers have been laying down their own laws for some time now. Although not set in stone we are
siding with the veterans on these unspoken protocols.

Don’t Take Your Time At The Pump

Every minute counts for truckers. Whether or not your load is on time, ultimately falls on you. This is why taking your time at the pump to grab a ‘quick’ snack or venture off to the restroom for ‘a second’ matters. The trucker waiting to fuel-up is on a time crunch, like you. Taking up multiple spots is just as inconvenient as using two sinks to was both of your hands. If you want respect as a trucker you are going to have to give it.

What’s In Your Haul Stays In Your Haul

If you grew up with conservative parents you have heard the saying ‘what happens in this house stays in this house’ and when you’re on the road your house is your cab. Discussing what you’re carrying may sound like a great way to make small talk with fellow truckers, but in honesty, you are too familiar with other haulers and random travelers motives. Cargo theft is a real thing and you don’t want to make yourself a bigger target than you already are. To you, your cargo may not be all that exciting, but thieves can see plenty of opportunity in ‘free’ goods.

Make Friends, Play Nice

No, this isn’t grade school, but being courteous to a fellow trucker should be a given. Truckers spend long hours on the road and getting just a glimpse of positivity when traveling can make someone's day/trip. Whether you are a veteran or fresh meat on the CDL freight those small gestures like helping a trucker safely get over several lanes is what makes trucking a real brotherhood.

Always Toot Your Horn

Seeing someone pump their arm with anticipation that you’ll give a good pull to your air horn may be the biggest trucking clich√© there is. However, no matter what mood you're in it has to be done. This gives truckers a positive image and who wants to be a part of a brotherhood full of stuck up and grouchy truckers. It’s called public relations and it’s a part of the job.

Give Your Jake Brake A Break

What Are The Silent Protocols When On The Highway
There are a good bit of truckers who don’t mind hearing ‘the song of their people,’ but we guarantee that there’s not one trucker who will commend you for using your Jake brake at 2 am. 

If you're in a parking lot at 2 am, more than likely you’re surrounded by restless truckers attempting to get some shut eye before starting their long day over once again. It's okay to give the Jake brake some rest as well. We know you're a trucker there's no need to tell people at the crack of dawn.

By following these unspoken rules the veterans will thank you and the newbies will want to be like you. Develop these habits and you’ll be on your way to veteran trucker status in no time.



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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods

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Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods
It is reported that less than 20 percent of stolen cargo is ever recovered, making cargo theft one of the most expensive incidents drivers can face when on the road. On average it is a problem that cost anywhere between $15 to $30 billion.

Crime and theft specialist, Scott Cornell notes that in recent years cargo thieves are more likely to target mixed retail loads or less-than-truckload shipments because of their definitions of being less secure than larger truckloads.

Improving load security can be easy if you have an inside perspective on how thieves choose their targets and methods behind their madness. There are several cargo theft tactics from straight cargo theft to cyber-attack methods.

Types of Cargo Theft

Having an idea of what kind of theft is taking place and what signs associated with each is great training to know how to combat them in effective ways. Things such as high tech security, and law enforcement training has changed our society and has aided in thieves getting smarter and more creative in how they proceed with an attack. Cargo theft has been around since stagecoaches were present and without sounding like a Debbie Downer it might get worse before it gets better. This is why it's important for truckers to stay up-to-date and extremely aware of new methods.

Straight Cargo Theft

Straight cargo theft can happen anywhere cargo can be left unattended. Truck stops, parking lots, and roadside parking areas are the most targeted. A great way to combat this tactic would be investing in high-security rear door locks.

Strategic Cargo Theft

Strategic cargo theft is constantly evolving. They are often performed with the use of unconventional methods. Identity theft, fictitious pickups, forged documents, fraudulent carriers and brokering scams all fall in line with strategic cargo theft. A solution to help in the event of scams such as these is to do your research on the appointed contact, make sure everything matches up. Always confirm positive identification at pickups and drop-offs.

Other Effective Ways To Combat Cargo Theft

Strategic Theft: Save Money And Protect Your Cargo With These Methods
When it comes to protecting your fleet it is suggested that you develop a layered approach. With a layered approach, there are step by step methods and ‘in case’ tactics put into place if security technology happens to fail. Regular procedure training should be done to ensure that the knowledge on new theft methods is made aware to participating parties. The two main factors that can change theft outcomes are aware drivers and top-notch security for either of the two methods discussed previously.



Aware Drivers

Become aware of ‘hot spots,’ during your route. By studying your route beforehand you will have a greater understanding of the areas that would be considered safe stopping points for you and the cargo.

Upgraded Technology

By having the most up to date features, things such as vehicle immobilization can help in incidents where trucks are stolen along with the cargo. This feature causes the truck to become stationary and brings the heist to a halt. Most theft occurs because of thieves awareness of outdated or nonfunctional security during the transportation of goods, so having a system that is not common will put your cargo on the ‘do not attempt’ list.


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Friday, November 3, 2017

Keep Your Holiday Cargo Safe with These Tips

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Happy November! We are officially cruising through the Holiday season and while we may be
excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s important for truckers to realize that black Friday and a major retail boom is also on its way.

That means you may be hauling cargo that’s more enticing to thieves, so be sure to take measures to protect yourself from theft. But there’s no need to feel paranoid, it’s easy to increase your security by taking a few precautions.

How To Protect Your Cargo


1. Always Be Aware

No matter what you’re hauling, someone might want to take it. From a shipment of laptops to Q-Tips, if a thief thinks they can take it and sell it, then they will. Heck, sometimes they may just even want your truck.

Keep your wits about you and study your surroundings at all times, no matter what day it is or what time it is. Even though the highest rates of cargo theft happen on weekend nights, they can occur at any time, even in broad daylight.

If someone seems sketchy to you take note of what they look like and what they are wearing so you can accurately describe them to the police should you need to.

Remember that someone could be listening to you, so keep what you’re hauling to yourself. Never post it on social media for the world to see.

2. Put Yourself In Safe Surroundings


When you park your truck pick a well-populated area, and at night make sure you’re under lights. If you can, always be sure to park in range of security cameras. You can also back up against a wall or surface to block your trailer doors when you stop. Just be sure to back up extremely carefully to prevent damage.

If you aren’t sure if your terminal will have proper lighting, locked fencing, or security after hours you can call ahead and ask. If their security isn’t up to your standards then make arrangements to park in a safer location.

3. Plan Ahead

Think about your moves before you make them. Never just leave your truck unattended and idling, because that gives people more than enough time to jump in it and speed off. Keep your truck locked at all times, no matter if you’re inside or outside of it.
 
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Also, make sure the padlocks on your trailer doors are secure and look into purchasing vehicle locks like king pin locks, air brake valve locks, glad hand locks, or seals.

Try to minimize the time that your trailer will be sitting full of cargo. Try to make your delivery by the weekend. Make sure that your cargo will never sit in your lot for 24 hours because that gives a lot of thieves time to make a plan of action.

Check your route in advance to make sure it isn’t taking you through a bad part of town. Google maps is a good tool to use and look at

4. Hire The Right Team And Educate Them

Make sure you run background checks on your drivers, don’t just hire anyone. Then educate them on how to protect themselves and cargo to create a safety. For example, explain how it’s best to fill up before you pick up cargo to prevent thieves from following them for hours.

Be sure to track your drivers by placing GPS units on their rig or trailers. This way you will be aware of their location at all times and will be able to track the location of the vehicles if they are stolen.

Stay Safe


Rates of cargo theft increase during the holiday season but the risk actually occurs all year. People like to take whatever they can get their hands on, even if it seems boring and invaluable to you. You can keep your cargo safe by keeping your wits about you, making secure decisions in advance, and by staying in safe locations.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Are You Participating In A Day Without Truckers?

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The trucking community is full of hardworking men and women who dedicate a majority of their time to the road in order to deliver goods all across the nation. As a result, our economy keeps moving. Without truckers, everything would come to a screeching halt.

Everything around you, your coffee mug, clothes, snack, and more were most likely on a truck at some point. If you like being able to go into a convenience store to pick up a drink or a pack of gum then thank a trucker.

People don’t realize how hard truckers work, and how dangerous of a job it is. Aside from the traffic danger and health risks, drivers also face murder. During the past decade, over 500 transportation professionals have been murdered. That’s why Trucker Lives Matter (TML) has created the event. ‘A Day Without Truckers’ on September 5th to spread awareness.

A Day Without Truckers


A Day Without Truckers is an event that will be held in front of the U.S. Capitol where all truckers are invited to gather to and ride in a memorial procession in memory of their fellow truckers who have been murdered. Those who cannot make it to Washington for the event are encouraged to shut down for the day. Also, everyone participating will be wearing all black.

Hundreds of truckers are expected to peacefully attend this event on September 5th, which is the first day back to work after Labor Day to bring awareness to the gun violence directed towards truckers and how they need self-defense and gun rights.

TLM has evolved from the equal protection bill named for Michael Boeglin, a trucker who after being murdered was burned in his trunk in Detroit during June 2014. TLM is working towards allowing every American to legally carry guns across state lines, which is quite the goal to have.

As of right now, truckers, as well as everyone else, cannot legally carry a gun across state lines even if they have concealed carry licenses and permits unless the states that the individual is traveling to and from have an official agreement.

Recently, Keith Odom was shot. The 49-year-old trucker from Tennessee was the victim of a random robbery at 8 AM in Baton Rouge on August 8th. He pulled over to repair a tire and was robbed of his belongings. He was shot even though he complied with the robber. Aside from being robbed of their personal belonging truckers face the dangers of cargo theft and road rage.

To deter people who want to cause you harm, park in well-lit areas, always be aware of your surroundings, stay calm, and have someone monitor your truck from dispatch. It also helps to park in areas with surveillance.

Stay Safe Out There


Whether you are participating in A Day Without Truckers, shutting down for the day, or simply wearing all black, be sure to remain alert and stay safe. We want to thank you for all of your hard work you do all across the nation and our hearts go out to those who have lost their lives.

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