SECURITY AWARENESS DURING A STOP
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.
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
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.