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Don't give thieves reason to be thankful

With two of the largest retail shopping days in the country on the immediate horizon – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – goods on the road have ramped up to meet shoppers’ needs.
 
While electronics may be in high demand on the retail market, food and beverage shipments – meat products in particular - remain the top-targeted cargo to steal.

The long Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 22 to 25 is traditionally one where thieves try to take advantage of increased consumer traffic.
 
Not only does lots of cargo sit idle for several days, its value increases during the high-demand holiday season.
 
But a little common sense and planning goes a long way to ensuring you and your shipments can rest easy and enjoy the holiday in peace.
 
The best way to avoid a theft? Don’t leave freight in your trailer.
 
Or, if you must, don’t leave the freight completely unattended because warehouses, parking lots and truck stops are the top three areas criminals target.
 
CargoNet.com offers several other simple tips to ensure load safety:

- Only park loaded trailers in secure lots that have barrier to entry, access control, lighting, surveillance and monitoring.

- Securely lock both tractors and trailers and request the driver report as soon as they drop and as soon as they come back to pick it up. 

- Ask the local police department to make additional patrols around warehouses or secure lots and make sure all lights, back-up generators, alarm systems, and surveillance equipment are in good working order prior to leaving for the weekend. 

Enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving. TQL is here for you 24/7/365, nights, weekends, and holidays. Talk to us to meet all your shipping needs, even on Thanksgiving.
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