Cargo theft continues to be a pervasive issue. While thieves continue to get more tech-savvy with their approaches, there are measures that can be put in place to stop them, ranging from proactive deterrence tactics to extensive recovery assistance.
More than a third of cargo theft incidents took place at a warehouse or distribution center (DC).
The most common place that reported cargo theft incidents was in or around warehouses and DC facilities. The breakdown of theft locations is as follows:
3 Parking lot
4 Secured yard
5 Unsecured yard
Other theft locations cited in the research include truck stops, side of the road, carrier or terminal lots, drop lots, and ports of entry.
Having a multilayered security approach and being a step ahead of thieves are the best ways to avoid cargo theft incidents.
Screen employees. Conduct background checks to screen drivers, warehouse employees, and anyone who has access to shipment information and logistics details.
Take advantage of technology and put in-transit security measures in place. Set guidelines for drivers, such as asking them not to stop within the first 200 miles (or four hours), using secured lots, and avoiding theft hot spots.
Have a risk management team in place. Whether it’s in-house or a third party, having a dedicated risk management team will help you avoid theft, respond to the incident and recover the goods quickly.
Know who your recovery network is. Having open lines of communication with multiple modes of law enforcement helps you quickly report theft information so recovery efforts can be activated promptly.
Be informed. Knowing where and when thefts most commonly occur, as well as what items are commonly targeted, is critical for proactive avoidance.[Source: Yahoo Finance]