I was perusing an article about a huge walnut heist, where eighty-two thousand pounds of walnuts were lifted from two separate truckloads, and couldn’t believe thievery on this large of scale can still happen in these United States. I also couldn’t believe how many criminal squirrels there are out there. But in all seriousness, protecting your vehicle’s goods should be a number one priority. It creates a sense of comfort and security for you as a truck driver and your clients. If people feel their shipments will be protected they will be more inclined to continue doing business with you. There are plenty of proactive ways you can insure your shipment reaches its destination safely. We’ll start with the simple things you can do and move on to the bigger investments:
1.) Knowledge is Power – Know where you are going to be driving through, which stops are safer, and if there are any reported crimes in the area. With a little planning and research you can potentially stop a catastrophic event. Also, if you or your company has GPS tracking installed on trailer units, make sure to inform the authorities in the event your vehicle is apprehended.
2.) Pets – I understand this won’t work for all trucking companies and owner/operators, but it can be a great way to quickly let potential criminals know you don’t want to be messed with. There is a reason a home with a dog is less likely to be burglarized. The same goes for your truck. The downside is you’ll need to bring the appropriate supplies and be prepared to stop and allow for bathroom breaks. Also, make sure to keep the cabin at an appropriate temperature if you are leaving your pet for an extended period of time.
3.) Anti-Siphoning Devices and Locking Gas Caps – These are both relatively cheap ways to keep your most precious cargo (diesel) under lock and key. Locking gas caps will keep people from getting in that aren’t supposed to and anti-siphoning devices will stop anyone who has access to your tank from filching off a few gallons. Anti-siphoning devices are traditionally used on standing reserves to keep people from taking more than they are allotted. They can be easily applied to most tanks used on Class 8 trucks and can save you a lot of money if fuel theft is rampant in the areas you frequent.
4.) Concealed Weapons License – In 49 of the 50 United States, citizens can apply for a Concealed Weapons License, giving them permission to carry a firearm in public places, including the cab of their commercial vehicle with exceptions being for companies that prohibit their employee’s from carrying. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work well for truckers who travel through more than one or two states. According to the federal laws, you must be certified in each state in which you are carrying a concealed firearm. So when you cross into a state where you are not certified, you gotta hid the blunderbuss.
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