If you’re out on the road for long periods of time, you expose yourself to the risk of having your cargo stolen while you’re at your stops. Cargo thieves are always on the prowl, looking for shipments that are easily broken into. There have been plenty of warnings to the owner-operator trucking industry regarding cargo theft, making drivers aware of the vulnerabilities they face.
Some of the more targeted commodities include food and beverages, household products, and electronics. The average value of cargo loss due to theft last year was over $200,000 and total value loss was over $11 million.
With cargo theft a growing concern in the trucking industry, it’s important to take measures to protect your loads to make sure they aren’t the target of theft.
Keep the cargo moving. The longer your cargo is allowed to sit on its own without you watching it, the higher the odds of thieves getting their hands on it. Keep it moving, and don’t leave the trailer unattended for a long period of time.
Park in high-traffic areas. The more people around the area you park in, the less likely thieves will be to discreetly sneak into your trailer and steal your goods. Park your truck in a well-lit parking lot that’s near businesses and gas stations. Try to avoid leaving your truck in empty lots or behind buildings that can block visibility.
Lock all doors. Use a high-end, professional-grade lock to secure all doors on your truck and trailer.
Watch what you say. Don’t share too much information about what you’re transporting in your trailer. Offering up too much pertinent information can make you vulnerable to theft if there are certain people listening in that don’t have the best intentions.