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Preventing theft as a truck driver?

How to prevent theft as a truck driver?

Recently I was reading an article from an industry publication on the effects of crime in the trucking industry. The article was reviewing a presentation to the Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) during their annual conference by Todd Moore of the Canadian Armed Robbery Associates. The presentation outlined the the problem of cargo theft in the industry and how far reaching the problem is and where it stems from. You can read the article by John G. Smith of Newcom by clicking here. https://www.todaystrucking.com/mob-rules-italian-mafia-leading-source-of-cargo-theft/2

The linked article talks about the problem from an industry standpoint, but what can you do as a driver to prevent crime? The one thing that the article points out is that crime is everywhere and you never know who is watching you or interested in your load.

One of the best parts of being in trucking is the people you meet and the places you see. I have met people from all across North America because I drove a truck. Some of those I have bumped into again on occasion and others I have never seen again. I have met good people and people that I wouldn’t trust with a ten foot pole. This also brings a bigger problem of not knowing who you can trust and who is befriending you just to gain information for the future. In the back alley of New Jersey I already know those characters are not people trying to be my friend, but what about the person next to you at the truck stop counter?

Until 9/11 came upon us drivers were offering many details over the C.B. Radio about their destination and cargo without even a thought as to who was listening or asking on the other end. When the devastation of that day happened I was on the road with a load of chemicals and we immediately had communications come out stating that no information was to be offered to anyone as authorities believed that vehicles such as chemical trucks and fuel tankers could be used as targets of terrorism.

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So what should you do as a driver to prevent crime? What is realistic? The article on crime suggests that much of the attention for crime prevention falls on the carrier in the way of tracking equipment, offering tips to Police, and securing yards with trailers, that however will only take us so far. You as a driver are the ones out there on location and can either help by reporting a situation or help prevent it by not offering information about your load. It’s not uncommon to be asked by another driver over the radio about where you’re going on a trip or what you have on the load. For the most part the person asking is just making conversation and passing the time. Where the danger really lies is in who else is listening on that same channel or following your vehicle.

Tips for preventing crime on transport trucks

  • Inspect your vehicle regularly looking for unapproved entry
  • Don’t share any information on load content or destination
  • Report any suspicious activity at truck stops or destinations
  • Monitor those around you, especially if a vehicle is following you throughout your whole route.
  • Always secure and lock your vehicle. Never leave it running unattended.
  • If possible park where you can see your vehicle at all times.

Follow these basic tips and it will go along way to helping cut down on cargo crime. If you think that cargo crime is only a problem in the Untied States think again. Toronto Ontario is one of the top crime hubs in North America. Be safe out there.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Should you work for a carrier based on here-say?

Should you work for a carrier
based on here-say?

I was reading some posts the other day from beginning drivers in the United States talking about the type of carrier they wanted to work for and I found it interesting to view the conversation from someone within the industry. The chat was really about large carriers in the States which will remain nameless, but you would instantly know from social media. The conversation started with who should you work for and quickly went into why you wouldn’t want to work for different companies based on what people thought was important to them.

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The first part of the conversation was by a young person that didn’t want to be employed by a certain carrier because they have been seen on social media having many incidents and are the laughing stock of the industry.

The second part of the conversation started on another large carrier that a person saw many of their trucks drive through their small town so they figured they would get home regularly. When they called the Recruiting department they were told that their lanes didn’t go through that town very often and they would not get home. They were advised to move to another area and the person asked if the carrier would pick up the tab for the move? The carrier responded, “Once you move give us a call.” Needless to say the person wasn’t impressed with the answer.

The third part of the conversation moved to another carrier also large and well known but with a different twist. This carrier I have known for much of my driving career and was always impressed with their trucks. The conversation went to fact that this carrier did inspections on the inside cabs of their trucks and if they found it dirty they would charge the drivers a fine. One person commented that half his fleet would be on death row if they did inspections at his fleet, I thought that was funny. The complaint was that the person that started the company was a retired Colonel from the military and was very strict with their equipment. I believe you can be as strict as you want when you fit the bill for $100,000 piece of equipment, just saying. Like I said before they have a very good looking fleet so that says something.

There was one common denominator in all of these comments and stories, no one that was commenting had ever worked for these carriers. Everything was based on one person’s idea of the company or what they heard or saw on social media. Even the person that talked to the recruiter and wasn’t happy with the answers didn’t talk to another driver from that company. They either took information from social media, thought advertisements offered all the facts, and took advice from others that aren’t in the industry. There was even a comment about someone that drives and stays out for six months at a time and then goes home for a week. If you think that is the norm in trucking you’re wrong! That may be that person’s personal choice which is fine, but you can’t then go and say that all truck drivers stay out for six months on the road.

If you are looking into a job in the trucking industry do your homework but do it from trusted sources. Listen to shows on the trucking industry, read respectable publications from the industry, and ask questions from people with actual experience. As they say in the movies, “Get the facts, just the facts!” If you are looking for quality carriers that hire new drivers check out the TTSAO Carrier Group.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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