Your cargo is most vulnerable while it is in transit because you don’t have the added protection of a facility. While you’re on the road, make sure you follow the Lock it, Watch it, Report it, Move it process at all times. This will help prevent a theft or a hijacking, but there are more things you can do to increase your security on the road.
MINIMIZE YOUR STOPS
• If applicable, follow your carrier’s “no stop” policy. Do not stop after picking up a load for 3 to 4 hours to deter thieves or hijackers who may be waiting for you to stop.
• Check with your carrier for more information about specific policies.
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CARRIER OFTEN
• Communicate with your dispatcher or supervisor regularly throughout your trip. Once you have a set communication pattern established, your dispatcher will notice any changes and be alerted to a possible problem.
• Remember to never discuss specific information, such as the cargo, route or schedule over CB radios or cell phones, since potential hijackers may be listening.
• If the customer contacts you en route and requests that you change the delivery location or time, immediately contact and verify this with your dispatcher.
• Always report any suspicious activity that you see - whether it is around your own vehicle or another truck.
DO NOT ALLOW ANY UNAUTHORIZED PASSENGERS IN YOUR VEHICLE
Check with your carrier for specific policies around stopping to help stranded motorists.when you see someone who needs assistance at the side of the road, make sure you alert local authorities before you stop to help.
• Remember to be extra careful on highway offramps as many hijackings take place there.as you drive, watch for any suspicious activities in and around refueling locations, railway facilities, bridges, and tunnels.
• Do not stop on dark roadways or in deserted areas while waiting to make deliveries.
• Don’t take your load home or park in an unsecured area such as a parking lot or mall.