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5 Ways to Keep Thieves Away from Your Truck When Resting at Truck Stops

February 5th, 2013

Trucking Thieves

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Thousands of truck drivers across the country make use of truck stop facilities on a daily basis. Although there is usually a lot of activity in and around these rest stops, it doesn’t always mean that they are safe places for truckers or their loads. When it comes to safety at truck stops, there are a few simple precautions that truckers can take in order to help protect their cargo.

1. Park in Well-Lit Parts of Rest Areas

Because thieves usually perform at their best in darker areas, this is usually one of the easiest theft deterrents. Most thieves will not want to operate in a well-lit area where their activities can be seen and where they can possibly also be identified. By scanning the rest stop before deciding where to park, truckers can identify the better-lit areas and ensure that they rest as near to them as possible.

2. Do Not Park Alone

This is probably one of the most important steps for truckers to take when pulling into a rest stop, as thieves tend to favor lone targets who stand far less of a chance of fighting back should anything happen. By arriving and choosing a well-populated spot in the rest area, truckers will help reduce their chances of losing stock to thieves.

3. Consider Using Asset Tracking on All Loads

Although this may seem like an expensive option, paying far higher insurance premiums as a result of stock losses will actually cost truckers a lot more in the long run. By installing tracking devices on loads such as Skybitz, truckers will also be able to give their clients the peace of mind that they deserve, knowing that their cargo is safe.

4. Always Ensure That the Cab and Trailer are Locked

Because many truckers tend to be careless with regards to locking their trucks and trailers, many thieves now view trucks as the perfect opportunities to do their thieving. Whenever pulling into a rest stop, truck drivers should ensure that their trailers are securely locked and that the cab is locked whenever they are asleep or away from the truck.  If you must drop your trailer at a truck stop, be sure to use a pin lock to prevent trailer theft.

5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Because most thieves are pure opportunists, they know that by the time truckers pull into rest stops they are tired and wanting nothing more than to catch a few hours of rest. This is why it is so important for truck drivers to ensure that they take note of any suspicious activities that occur close to their rig. If they feel that something is not right, they should report it to a member of management at the rest stop so that further action can be taken.

By taking the time to get to know staff members as well as other truckers who frequent truck stops, truckers will be able to stick together and look out for each other as well as their rigs. All of this will go a long way in helping to combat the theft of cargo as well as other valuables.

Posted on February 5th, 2013 in Trucking Industry