Road Today - - Carrier’s Spot -

Even when you have reached your des­ti­na­tion safely, you should still re­main vig­i­lant. Hi­jack­ing or theft of your cargo can still oc­cur, es­pe­cially if the de­liv­ery has been made un­der false pre­tences. First, re­mem­ber to re­port your ar­rival time and lo­ca­tion to your dis­patcher or su­per­vi­sor. You should be able to com­mu­ni­cate with your car­rier at all times.

Dur­ing the de­liv­ery, do the fol­low­ing:

• Check to make sure the lo­ca­tion of the load­ing or un­load­ing docks, or ware­house looks safe. Don’t un­load in a dark al­ley­way or on a pub­lic side­walk • Ask for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to con­firm that the re­cip­i­ent of

your ship­ment is the in­tended re­cip­i­ent. • Watch your trailer be­ing un­loaded and keep your

trac­tor un­der ob­ser­va­tion at all times • Be aware of any­one sus­pi­cious loi­ter­ing around the premises dur­ing un­load­ing If you exit your ve­hi­cle, en­sure that all doors and ac­cess pan­els are locked and se­cured. When you re­turn to the ve­hi­cle, lock your doors im­me­di­ately be­hind you.

Note: Al­ways in­form your dis­patcher or su­per­vi­sor if the cus­tomer asks you to move trail­ers around “as a fa­vor”, es­pe­cially if it is to an­other lo­ca­tion or yard.

If you feel un­com­fort­able at any point, re­mem­ber the four steps: Lock it, Watch it, Re­port it, Move it. Lock your doors and move your ve­hi­cle to a new lo­ca­tion if it is safe to do so. When feel­ing threat­ened, call 911 or the site’s se­cu­rity ser­vices. Try to keep your truck mov­ing.

In the un­for­tu­nate event that a hi­jack­ing does oc­cur, you should fol­low these pre­cau­tions:

• Do not re­sist • Do what­ever the hi­jacker says. • Re­port the in­ci­dent to law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties IM­ME­DI­ATELY. Then call your 24-hour dis­patcher. With­out mak­ing di­rect eye con­tact, try to get a good de­scrip­tion of the hi­jack­ers so that you can re­port the details to law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties later. Mak­ing eye con­tact can make the hi­jacker ner­vous and more dan­ger­ous.

Details you should make note of in­clude the style and color of cloth­ing, the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the crime, and in­for­ma­tion about your ve­hi­cle (type, year, VIN num­ber and color; unit num­ber and li­cense).

Al­ways do as in­structed by the hi­jack­ers, but lis­ten to what is be­ing said and the sounds around you. It may pro­vide law en­force­ment with valu­able in­for­ma­tion about where the thieves have taken your ve­hi­cle and load.

Try to pro­vide a de­scrip­tion of the hi­jack­ers and the ve­hi­cles they use. You are law en­force­ment’s best wit­ness.

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