Avoid Theft Over 4th of July: Perimeter Security Protocols

Original content supplied by J.J. Coughlin and SC-ISAC.  Additions made by AMAROK.

Don’t leave your cargo independent this Independence Day. The Fourth of July is notorious for increased risk of cargo theft incidents, as criminals carry out unpatriotic plans to strike warehouses and vehicles left unattended over the holiday.  According to SensiGuard cargo theft recording firm, 75 percent of thefts in 2017 occurred in unsecured parking locations.

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To prepare, we are urging the entire SC-ISAC membership to discuss perimeter security and review their security procedures and protocols. Below is a list of suggestions to help maintain the integrity.

CargoNet also reports an 11 percent increase in cargo thefts nationwide from March 1 to May 31, compared with the same period in 2014. – See more at: http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=29273#.V21sODWgzYk

For Facilities:

      • Check security alarm and surveillance systems to ensure proper working order. 

      • Test security systems — including Electric Guard Dog — to ensure that the entire system is functioning and that monitoring company(ies) are receiving signals. 

      • Ensure batteries are fresh in exit doors and in backup cellular phones (used to maintain alarm reporting, if phone lines are compromised). 

      • Perform perimeter checks, look at your electric fence, non-electrified fence, and other types of barriers to ensure they are properly secured. 

      • Check perimeter lighting to ensure lights are on and replace any non-working fixtures. Review timer so that lights come on while facility is closed. 

      • Use a non-integrated alarm backup system with verified response capabilities. 

      • Ensure company alarm call list is current and contains valid phone numbers. Require responsible persons to respond to all alarm calls even if the system is suspected of malfunctioning. 

      • Contact law enforcement and ask for additional patrols in the area. 

      • Remove keys from all warehouse equipment (forklifts) and place them in a secure location.

    For Freight In-Transit: 


        • If you have to leave your rig or loaded trailer unattended, look for a secure lot or authorized location to leave vehicles. 

        • If forced to leave vehicles at a public facility (truck stop, etc.), pick one that is well lit and utilizes surveillance equipment. Park within view of the camera. 

        • Secure the tractor and trailer with a steering wheel locking device, kingpin locks, glad-hand locks (or other security equipment).  Put industrial strength padlocks on trailer doors. 

        • Do NOT leave keys inside tractor. 

        • Check on the unattended vehicles as frequently as possible. 

      Be smart, be safe, be secure.

      Don’t leave your sites and employees vulnerable this holiday week — Contact AMAROK today for a free site security evaluation.