Cargo theft, as well as truck and trailer theft, is a major concern in Canada’s trucking industry. There are numerous instances where fleets can become easy targets for thieves, including:
Warehouses and distribution centers typically have a high level of activity that makes it quite easy for intruders to slip in and out unnoticed. Recent statistics estimate that North America loses over $10 billion each year from such crimes. Canadian carriers handle losses and claims amounting to $1 billion annually.
With fleet businesses rapidly expanding their businesses in recent years, operational control may become a bit of a challenge. Employees are, in turn, quick to identify any weaknesses in the company’s approach to security and may be enticed to use that information for their own benefit. Most fleet-related crimes occur within the carrier’s property, but these can be dramatically reduced by employing security officers.
Warehouses and distribution centers should consider hiring professional security guards to protect the premises. There are a number of roles that security officers can fill in a fleet business, including:
Security guards assigned to work in these facilities should have a good understanding of trucking, receiving, and shipping operations, as well as specialized security knowledge. Considering the special skills required for this position, guards should be trained and qualified for posts in fleet management businesses.
Some of the duties performed by security guards include:
Generally, having security guards at your facility will ensure that all people accessing or exiting the property meet the conditions for entry, access to specific areas, or leaving, and there are no suspicious individuals roaming the property to reduce risks of theft.