In the last post, we revealed some effective ways to reduce the risk of cargo theft. However, understanding the full range of advanced tactics to reduce incidences of cargo theft is the key to making sure all cargo is as secure as possible. Here’s part two of our freight broker’s guide to preventing cargo theft.
According to Satish Jindel, president of SJ Consulting Group, 23% of all for-hire freight tonnage can be attributed to retail. This includes both LTL shipments and full-truckload shipments. However, cargo theft rates increase during the holiday season because there is simply more cargo being shipped. To prevent cargo theft during the busy holiday shipping rush, make sure you implement a plan to keep up with the increased amount of cargo and prevent delays. There should also be increased security protocols and an analysis of the current emergency management process.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are countless ways to use technology to enhance security and overall operations as a non asset based freight broker. For example, investing in transportation management software can assist with tracking shipments, scheduling, and much more. Furthermore, experts also recommend considering implementing and monitoring a GPS system that enables cargo to stay fully visible for their entire transport. Don’t underestimate the power of technology when it comes to tracking and protecting valuable cargo.
Finally, it’s important to emphasize ongoing security training. Drivers serve as the first line of defense in any cargo theft occurrence, and it’s critical for them to be aware of the best practices when it comes to identifying risks and threats and keeping cargo safe.
In 2013, trucking transported nearly 15 billion tons of cargo. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that by 2040, that number is expected to increase to 18.79 billion tons. Cargo thieves continue to strengthen their tactics every day, and staying vigilant about the ways to prevent cargo theft is the best practice to keep all cargo as secure as possible. For more information about transportation management software, contact 3PL Systems.