CargoNet has recorded a 59% increase in theft events across the United States and Canada in the third quarter of 2023 when compared to the third quarter of 2022. Fleets are on high alert and tired of dealing with the aftermath of cargo theft. Be proactive with these 5 upgrades to cargo security.
Yard Security Upgrade. Verify entry at the yard - not at the dock. Policy and procedures should include verification of who is coming in and out of your lot. Thieves who gain access to your yard can learn valuable information about the goods being hauled. Consider a security guard and high resolution cameras at the yard entrance. Cameras can catch identifiable logos and marks on trailers coming in and out of your warehouse or distribution center should an incident occur.
Standard Trailer Latch Upgrade: The ENFORCER® #8000 heavy gauge stainless steel hasp protects the padlock from cutting or sawing attempts to remove it. The hasp is an upgrade to standard trailer latches with its double thick welded tabs. The hasp is easy to install and provides maximum security for all trailers, reefers, dry vans and containers. Each set serves as its own template and comes complete with hardware and slide covers for inside fastener protection. The hasp locks both the passive and active door. Can be installed on side or back swing doors.
Padlock Security Upgrade: A strong, pick proof padlock made of hardened steel is now a minimum requirement for truck security. The ABLOY range of padlocks are an excellent choice due to durability, strength and weather resistance. There are several security devices that can be used in conjunction with an ABLOY padlock to make trailer entry much more difficult.
Truck Stop Upgrade: Drivers should only park at truck stops they feel comfortable in. There should be adequate lighting, surveillance cameras and security guard supervision. Park with safety and security in mind, not convenience. Utilize an app to locate truck stops with excellent reviews. Ideally, drivers should plan where to park along their route ahead of time. Planning helps to avoid unsafe parking situations.
Holiday Security Upgrade: Holidays are traditionally a time cargo thieves strike. They take advantage of unattended trucks and use reduced hours at warehouses/distribution centers. The reduced hours of operation gives thieves additional time to steal or pilferage. Consider additional security measures during these times.
CargoNet recently reported, “In the third quarter of 2023, reported thefts increased in every event category. Documented strategic cargo theft events increased 430% year-over-year and theft of a loaded conveyance such as a full trailer increased 4% year-over-year.” They also cautioned the “industry that throughout this year, strategic cargo theft rings have picked up activity around holiday periods.”
To have a strong cargo security program, fleets should review their current security policies and physical security selections. Proper choices can help mitigate theft and costly disruptions to your supply chain.