By: Matt Schiefferly
Vice President Safety Services
Earlier this year we sent out a safety topic regarding cargo and
truck theft. While it is important to keep your cargo secure, dont forget
about your personal safety. Truck and cargo thefts as well as hijackings are on
the rise and November and December are traditionally exceptionally dangerous months.
Here are a few things you can do to minimize your risks:
- Carry only a small amount of cash. Convert any cash payments to money orders or
deposit as soon as possible.
- Avoid parking in secluded, poorly lighted areas, especially at night.
- Have a personal security plan in place before stopping.
- Try to look like you know where you are going and what you are doing at all times.
Looking confused or lost makes you easy prey for an attack. Have your route planned
before you leave.
- Check your mirrors and look outside your vehicle prior to exiting.
- Stay alert as you walk to your vehicle. If anyone appears suspicious or seems to
be following you, head for a lighted, heavily populated area.
- Dont spend time by your vehicle looking for your keys, have them in hand ready
- While on the road, be alert for bump and rob technique. If another vehicle
bumps you, dont get out unless there are several people around. Instead motion
for the other driver to follow you, drive to a well lighted safe area to discuss
- Avoid conversations with strangers. What seems like an innocent request for a cigarette
or directions can lead to you being robbed or injured.
- If you haul target loads (like computers or high value electronics) vary your route.
You dont want to run the same route and times as you can become an easy target.
- When hauling high value products keep your load and destination to yourself and
on a need to know basis.
- Be especially watchful immediately after picking up your load. The majority of hijackings
occur within a few miles of the pickup point. Freeway on-and off-ramps are particularly
- Carry information on your person concerning the ID of the tractor and trailers including
license numbers. Law enforcement cant report your truck stolen without this
Should a hijacking occur, experts recommend that the drivers do not resist the thieves.
Giving up the truck often goes against a truckers natural instincts, especially
if it is an owner-operator. The load is not worth your life. Besides, most hijackers
are interested in the cargo, not the truck. The equipment often is found soon after
Any questions or comments can be directed to Matt Schiefferly 800-852-1968 or e-mail