CargoNet recently released its 2022 Supply Chain Risk Trends Analysis and it details the top freight was targeted by cargo and equipment thieves. Household goods and electronics topped the list of reported cargo theft.
Upticks in raw beef, poultry, and pork thefts, as well as auto parts, solar modules, and power tools, are mentioned in the report. Also as no surprise, organized criminal operations pulled up their stakes and moved east as freight volumes shifted in that direction.
Florida delivery van driver targeted by known felons
In the here and now, reports of trucks being robbed are already making headlines. Orange County Sheriff’s Office sent out a tweet showing a delivery van robbery where a driver was held at gunpoint.
The interior-facing camera shows one of the thieves distracting the driver as his accomplice enters through the cargo door, aiming a gun at the driver. They steal several packages from the van, along with the driver’s wallet.
Through the use of the video, law enforcement was easily able to identify the thieves as known criminals with a long list of felonies already on their records.
How drivers can defend themselves from being targeted by thieves
Drivers should always maintain a 360-degree awareness of what is going on around their truck and trailer. G.O.A.L. is not just used when you are backing into a dock or parking spot, but anytime something appears out of place.
Keeping your doors closed and locked with the keys in hand when you are out of the truck is another way to prevent truck theft. Parking with the trailer doors blocked by an immovable object is many times better at defending your freight than a padlock.
While you sleep, wrap the seatbelt through the door handle and hook it to the seat. That prevents the door from opening and gives you time to defend yourself. Follow all laws in regard to defensive devices as there are conflicting ordinances on what you can and cannot carry in your truck.
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