Cargo security is one of the baseline factors in the successful transport of goods from point A to point B. Ensuring that cargo is sufficiently insured is step one in protecting an organization from possible theft, but proactivity is the key to helping reduce or avoid loss entirely.
Let’s explore some of the top four tips to help avoid cargo theft in a supply chain.
1. Security Protocol
Ensure that those encountering the most significant access to shipments, documents, and details are as qualified and trustworthy as possible. This means requiring background checks, establishing company security policies, and thorough verification checks for employees and carriers.
2. Utilize Tracking Technology
Equip shipments with GPS tracking or other methods to easily keep track of their locations at all times. It may be beneficial to utilize technology that will provide updates about the GPS position and condition of a shipment in transit. These systems will notify users if the vehicle goes off of a predetermined route, whether intentionally or due to an accident.
3. Plan Routes Proactively
Whenever cargo is standing still for long periods, it becomes more easily accessible and is at higher risk for theft. Plan routes with as little wait time as possible and be mindful of stops in identified “hot spots” for theft. Theft is more common over weekends or holidays, so plan accordingly whenever possible.
4. Provide Security Training
Make sure that employees are adequately trained on security protocols and procedures. Advise drivers to stay aware of their surroundings at all times and to keep trucks locked and parked in well-lit areas within secure facilities.
Regardless of your organization’s individual security challenges or concerns, your TOC representative is ready and well equipped to advise on the best ways to keep cargo safe. Reach out today to learn how we can help secure your shipment, from departure to safe arrival.