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Preventing Cargo Theft

Every year loss from cargo theft in the United States costs tens of billions of dollars. This includes the costs associated with investigation and insurance payments. Hot products are typically targets for cargo theft. This includes clothing, prescription drugs, computers, and jewelry.

  • The most common type of cargo theft occurs in trucking and it is often committed by a truck driver and a warehouse employee working together.
  • Cargo is at its greatest risk when it is being loaded and unloaded.

There are certain measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of cargo theft. These include:

  1. Restrict access to loading areas. Be sure everyone has proper identification.
  2. Storage areas should be secured. This includes locks on all windows and doors.
  3. Electronic security systems and surveillance systems should be installed to monitor all movements.

There are also some more simple target hardening methods that can be used to deter cargo theft:

  1. Use seals on boxes and packages that are difficult to re-seal once they have been broken. You may want to consider self-voiding tape, security tape, water gum tape.
  2. Carefully supervise loading and/or unloading. Make sure merchandise is not left unattended for long periods of time.

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