SE­CU­RITY AWARE­NESS DUR­ING A STOP

Road Today - - Carrier’s Spot -

When you need to make a stop, make sure that you think about the se­cu­rity of your ve­hi­cle, which is at its most vul­ner­a­ble when it isn’t mov­ing. Try to vary where you stop, so that you aren’t stop­ping at the same place on ev­ery trip. Do not es­tab­lish a rou­tine that a thief or hi­jacker can an­tic­i­pate.

Each time you stop, fol­low the ba­sic se­cu­rity aware­ness steps of Lock it, Watch it, Re­port it, Move it. Keep your truck and trailer doors locked and do a se­cu­rity in­spec­tion be­fore leav­ing the area.

Here are some things to think about when mak­ing a stop.

Fa­cil­i­ties

Al­ways make sure that you are in an area des­ig­nated for truck park­ing that has good light­ing, and that you can eas­ily main­tain vis­ual con­tact with your ve­hi­cle. Fa­cil­i­ties with video sur­veil­lance are rec­om­mended. • Try to park a loaded trailer against a wall, fence or other sta­tion­ary ob­ject when pos­si­ble to in­crease cargo se­cu­rity. Be­fore you leave your ve­hi­cle, look around and be­come fa­mil­iar with your sur­round­ings. Never take your load home or park it in an un­se­cured area, such as a park­ing lot or mall. If you ab­so­lutely have to stop in an un­safe or high crime area, be es­pe­cially vig­i­lant. Don’t stop or un­load in dark al­leys.

Se­cure Your Ve­hi­cle • DO NOT

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Only un­lock the truck for as short a time as pos­si­ble when you have stopped to rest, eat, or make a de­liv­ery.

Re­mem­ber! Never dis­cuss the cargo you are haul­ing in a public area, such as a truck stop. Peo­ple can use this in­for­ma­tion to help them hi­jack your cargo.

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