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Holiday Security Protocol Reminder

Original content supplied by J.J. Coughlin and SC-ISAC.  
Additions made by Electric Guard Dog.

This holiday season, the risk for cargo theft is especially high, warns FreightWatch International, as Christmas and New Year's both occur on a Friday. These back-to-back, three-day weekends leave even more opportunity for thieves to strike as shipments are left unattended for extended periods of time in unsecured lots.

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According to FreightWatch, the winter holiday shipping season has historically been one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft, with notable thefts from previous winter holiday weekends including:

2015 – Facility Theft of $300K of Electronics on New Year’s Day in Texas
2014 – Fictitious Pickup of $1M of Apparel in New Jersey
2013 – Full Truckload Theft of $285K of ATVs and Seacraft in Texas
2013 – Facility Theft of $100K of Apparel in Florida
2012 – Last-Mile Courier Theft of $127K of Pharmaceuticals in Oklahoma
2012 – Full Truckload Theft of $1.1M of Electronics in California

To prepare for the upcoming holiday weekends, we are urging the entire SC-ISAC membership to discuss perimeter security and review their security procedures and protocols. Below is a list of suggestions to help maintain the integrity.

For Facilities: 

  • Check security alarm and surveillance systems to ensure proper working order. 
  • Test security systems — including Electric Guard Dog — to ensure that the entire system is functioning and that monitoring company(ies) are receiving signals. 
  • If there is a fault in your Electric Guard Dog system, skilled technicians are available 24/7 for troubleshooting on the phone. In many situations, issues can be resolved within a day. 
  • Ensure batteries are fresh in exit doors and in backup cellular phones (used to maintain alarm reporting, if phone lines are compromised). 
  • Perform perimeter checks, look at your electric fence, non-electrified fence, and other types of barriers to ensure they are properly secured. 
  • Check perimeter lighting to ensure lights are on and replace any non-working fixtures. Review timer so that lights come on while facility is closed. 
  • Use a non-integrated alarm backup system with verified response capabilities. 
  • Ensure company alarm call list is current and contains valid phone numbers. Require responsible persons to respond to all alarm calls even if the system is suspected of malfunctioning. 
  • Contact law enforcement and ask for additional patrols in the area. 
  • Remove keys from all warehouse equipment (forklifts) and place them in a secure location.

For Freight In-Transit: 

  • If you have to leave your rig or loaded trailer unattended, look for a secure lot or authorized location to leave vehicles. 
  • If forced to leave vehicles at a public facility (truck stop, etc) pick one that is well lit and utilizes surveillance equipment.  Park within view of the camera. 
  • Secure the tractor and trailer with a steering wheel locking device, kingpin locks, glad-hand locks (or other security equipment).  Put industrial strength padlocks on trailer doors. 
  • Do NOT leave keys inside tractor. 
  • Check on the unattended vehicles as frequently as possible. 
  • Use embedded covert tracking in the freight with geo-fencing and alert notification. 
  • Notify dispatch of where and when you have dropped the load and estimated time of return.

Happy holidays and be safe.

Topics: Holiday Security Protocol