Tips to combat holiday cargo theft
CargoNet, an organization formed in 2009 by the ISO and the National Insurance Crime Bureau to create a national information-sharing system to combat cargo theft has issued a caution to shippers about cargo theft during the holiday season.
"Historical cargo theft data shows that the rate of cargo theft increases over holiday weekends," CargoNet said.
It offered a list of ten steps that companies can use to prevent theft as well as recover stolen cargo:Ask local police departments to make routine checks of your facilities.
- Avoid having loaded trailers sit unattended over the weekend.
- Only park loaded trailers in secure areas, such as Sangar Cargo Security secure drop-lots.
- Consider deploying covert tracking devices in product and on trailers.
- Secure all tractors with high-security locking devices, such as, air-cuff and tractor steering joint locks.
- Secure all trailers (loaded and unloaded) with high-security ISO 17712 compliant barrier seals in combination with hardened padlocks. Utilize king pin locks for unattached trailers.
- Check to make sure that your facility's lighting, back-up generators, alarm system(s) and surveillance equipment are all in good working order.
- Remove keys from all facility equipment, especially motorized pallet jacks and forklifts.
- Document and report all suspicious activity around your facility. This information can be critical to law enforcement in the event of a cargo theft incident.
- If you are a victim of a theft, immediately notify local law enforcement, and call the CargoNet command center 888-595-2638.
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