It’s a true worst-case scenario for a trucker to have their cargo robbed, which is costly and ruins a job. Whether or not that has happened to you, the good news is that theft is very preventable. Here are some things you should know about cargo theft, and how to prevent your freight from getting robbed.
Know Your Cargo
Did you know that certain types of cargo are more targeted for theft? High-value items like computers, phones, tablets, and other electronics go for a high price on the black market. On the other end of the spectrum, consumable goods like food can also be targeted, because most consumable goods don’t have any way to be tracked back to the owner. You should make sure that you are aware of what freight you’re hauling because that will help you prioritize the risk.
Watch Out for Trouble Areas
Another way to avoid cargo theft is by knowing what areas are the most common spots for theft. It’s easy to research which metropolitan areas on your route have the highest crime rates. Also, keep crime in mind if you need to stop along the highway because some thieves might be camping out nearby.
Don’t Be an Easy Target
There are many pieces of information about your environment that will influence the choices you make to avoid theft. But don’t forget to take care of what is under your control. Be sure that you secure your cargo by investing in locks for your truck. Avoid parking in out-of-the-way areas that make it easier for thieves to access your truck without being seen. Whenever you’re unloading, always keep an eye on your cargo, and don’t walk away even if you feel that the area is safe. Many times, a thief can just be a regular passerby who seizes an opportunity.
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