7 Tips for Shippers to Create a Successful, Proactive Cargo Theft Prevention Strategy
Cargo theft is a moving target. In a tight market, trends indicate the threat only increases. Yet, regardless of market conditions, shippers must keep their freight moving, potentially increasing the risk of theft or fraud just to meet demand.
Remaining diligent with security measures is crucial to keeping freight safe. Working with a reputable logistics provider, as an extension of a shipper’s company, can be an integral piece of that effort. As a winner of CargoNet’s “2017 Best in Cargo Security” award, TQL has proven to be that integral piece for countless shippers across the country. For TQL, it all begins with prevention, from identifying elaborate schemes of fraud to averting the act of cargo theft itself.
"TQL clearly understands the importance of cargo security and continually applies the appropriate resources to protect its customers' freight."
Ryan Shepherd, GM, CargoNet
Theft requires opportunity, and when it comes to freight, there can be many. Implementing a multi-faceted approach to cargo theft prevention can help a shipper minimize the risks.
A successful cargo theft prevention strategy involves several layers, that together, creates a formidable barrier for would-be thieves. Consider these 7 tips when selecting a third-party provider to help keep your freight safe:
- One point of contact. The ideal is to work with a single provider, or a limited number, to ensure open communication from pick up until delivery. By coordinating each step with the driver, regular check calls and online freight monitoring, transparency increases and risk decreases
- Carrier qualification. Extensive screening ensures your carrier network meets the highest quality requirements, including superior safety ratings and a proven track record of service.
- Live support. Days, nights, weekends and even holidays. Knowing a provider will be available 24/7/365 in the event something occurs in transit is peace of mind.
- A documented security plan for in transit cargo. If a situation arises that increases the risk of theft, like a truck breakdown or pilferage, what established security protocols does the provider have in place for any contingency?
- Law enforcement connections. Choose a provider that can quickly access local police support to coordinate the recovery of stolen goods. One such way is with an active membership to CargoNet, an organization dedicated to the prevention of cargo theft.
- Stay on top of industry trends. CargoNet is a resource that regularly shares relevant cargo theft information, like the one for the most recent July 4th holiday, including commodities affected and recommended security practices.
- Round the clock monitoring. Risk factor audits, covert tracking and distressed load assistance are just a few of the value-added services a preferred provider should offer on every load.