Remain Vigilant on Second-Most-Popular Weekend for Theft
The 4th of July weekend has been the second most popular weekend for cargo theft in the past five years, reports FreightWatch International. Independence Day weekend ranks second only to Thanksgiving, the logistics security firm claimed in a bulletin issued yesterday.
"Shippers, manufacturers, and transportation companies must remain aware of the increased security risks during the upcoming Independence Day weekend," read the bulletin.
In general, freight drivers experience long delays on holidays, keeping loads in-transit for longer periods of time. Dan Burges, CPP, senior director, intelligence, for FreightWatch, warns drivers to take care "especially at terminals and drop yards where loaded trailers are parked for long periods of time." In addition, the company advises that "drivers maintain communication with their dispatch when stopped at high risk areas such as truck stops and rest areas. Loads should not be dropped or left unattended for any reason."
The bulletin also advises warehousing managers to ensure security alarm systems are functioning properly. FreightWatch advises the following in the bulletin:
• Treat all alarm trouble signals as an intrusion alarm.
• Do not rely on a backup (cellular/radio) system.
• If primary alarm fails assign security officer to patrol facility exterior or have a member of management remain at the facility.
FreightWatch urges "logistics professionals to ensure their security protocols are up to date and in line with industry best practices."
For more bulletins, visit www.freightwatchintl.com