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Avoid Cargo Theft over Labor Day: Follow these Security Protocols

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

Labor Day is looming. If you're thinking beach trips and backyard barbecues — don't get too comfortable. Labor Day weekends are notorious for cargo theft spikes, leaving trucking, warehouse and fleet companies most vulnerable. 

You could be robbed of more than a good time this holiday without proper security measures in place. 

 Labor Day Security

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.

 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. 

Be smart, be safe, be secure.

Don’t leave your sites and employees vulnerable this holiday week — Contact Electric Guard Dog today for a free site security evaluation.