Working in commercial trucking means delivering cargo on time and in good condition. If you fail to do so, you could cause financial losses for the client and your trucking company. Protecting your truck and your cargo should be your first priority.
Commercial trucking insurance helps you protect many common risks associated with operations. Most policies come with theft protection. You can receive some forms of compensation in the event that your cab, trailer and cargo get stolen.
Theft Deterrents for Truckers
If you make an insurance claim for theft, this could impact your company’s ability to cover your risks or afford coverage. Therefore, you must do everything you can to prevent theft of your truck or trailer while you drive.
The biggest thing to remember about vehicle theft is that thieves want to make a quick getaway. Your goal, therefore, should be to impede this effort as much as possible.
- Secure your truck’s cargo during all periods of transport. Keep the cargo firmly locked in the trailer. Check your trailer at every stop to make sure it remains locked and secured to the cab.
- Never leave your truck running, and secure the cab whenever you leave the truck alone. Lock the doors and windows, and keep any valuables in the cab out of sight of passers-by.
- Many of today’s trucks come with anti-theft systems, including alarms. Always arm these systems before exiting the truck. Many trucking companies use GPS systems to keep track of the locations of their trucks.
- Do not park your truck in unsafe areas. Always stop at reputable truck stops and rest areas. Park the truck in a well-lighted area, preferably near other vehicles. The more people nearby, the better chance would-be thieves will not act because they fear witnesses.
- Use theft deterrent systems if available. These may include steering wheel locks, kill switches, wheel blocks and trailer locks. If your trucking company allows you to use these items, it is often a safe bet to do so.
- Never share your cargo or assignments to others on the road. Many thieves target truckers because they receive a tip of the cargo the trucker is carrying.
Should someone steal your truck while you are on assignment, report the incident. Theft could easily impact your trucking company, and cause losses for the owners of the cargo. Do your best to prevent theft in all cases.
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