Truckers constantly find themselves facing a variety of threats and other challenges on the road, and one of those threats is cargo theft. While the numbers may be trucking, there is always a threat for commercial drivers due to the increase in e-commerce. Commercial truck drivers will find a rest stop for their truck, take some time to recharge their bodies and their minds, and they will return to discover their parking space has been cleared.
For this first quarter of 2019, there were 140 recorded thefts across the United States and Canada. The state with the most cargo thefts in the first quarter of this year was California, followed by Texas and Florida. On average, the cost of the stolen goods was valued at $145,772 per theft. In total, nearly 13 million dollars worth of cargo goods was stolen in the first quarter of 2019. This is why it is important that you take the necessary steps to lower the chances that a cargo theft will happen to you.
We recommend that employers to offer training resources and classes that can be used to inform drivers on cargo theft. It is important that drivers have an understanding of the type of cargo goods that are usually targeted while in transit. Drivers should also be trained on how they should react if they ever encounter a situation where their goods are about to be stolen or have already been stolen. Every driver who works for a trucking company and all independent drivers should be aware and prepared.
When a driver pulls into a rest stop, we recommend that drivers look for security cameras or ask questions about security cameras and other features. If you want to take extra precautions for your truck and the goods you are carrying, you may feel more comfortable parking your truck in an area where the security cameras are present so there will be a better chance at capturing images if a cargo theft does happen.
Another way to ensure you are prepared if you are ever involved in a situation where your cargo has been stolen is to find the right insurance for your truck. The goods, the truck, and the driver can all be protected with full-coverage cargo insurance. At J.E.B. Insurance Services, LLC, we understand the importance of finding the right insurance that meets your needs. We know that every trucking company is different and this is why we work hard to ensure that everyone receives the insurance that is individualized to meet their needs.
For more information on the type of insurance we can provide to ensure you will be protected from cargo theft and other incidents, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We provide commercial truck insurance in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee and Texas.