Cargo Theft — Security and Responsibility

Written by: The Deerfield Team

Cargo Theft is a common crime; a crime of opportunity. Cargo goods are easy to access and abundant across the country.  truckphoto_recolorStatistics estimate that cargo theft cost the shipping industry about $25 billion a year.

Cargo theft happens frequently in terminals, truck stops, warehouses, parking lots, and most commonly in trucks parked on the street. This is a problem that occurs all around the country.


To minimize Cargo theft we recommend these Prevention Procedures:

About Personnel:

Get to know your drivers before hiring by performing a pre-employment screening.

Unattended Trucks:

Make sure your units are equipped with an alarm system and locked completely.

About Routes:

Make sure your routes are done with a minimum of stops and don’t leave your vehicle unattended in an unsecured area at any time.

About Subcontractors:

If you use subcontractors you need to obtain as much information about the company and driver as possible.

About Equipment:

Secure all trailers or containers making sure they are seal/locked correctly and against a wall.

Yards or Parking Lots:

Ensure adequate lightning, fences and security cameras and guards are provided to prevent unauthorized vehicles from entering the location.

As always, we are here to help you any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you need us.

The Deerfield Team



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