As we head into the Labor Day holiday, the long weekend running September 4 through 7 poses threats for major strikes in cargo theft. Labor Day is always the starting gun for an average 61% increase in cargo theft because stores start stocking up for Black Friday.
To prepare, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Be smart, be safe, and be secure. If you worry about perimeter security, contact us for a free evaluation.
JJ Coughlin - SC-integrity
April Tiger - SC-integrity