While you’re out joining your friends and family for barbecues over Labor Day weekend, cargo thieves are preparing for their biggest haul of the year - Labor Day weekend. Now is the time to prepare for the surge in cargo theft.
Why Cargo Theft Spikes Over Labor Day Weekend
Thieves love holiday weekends like Memorial Day and Labor Day. The longer a distribution center or warehouse is unstaffed or understaffed, the more opportunities criminals have to sneak in and help themselves.
Warehouses are a One-Stop-Shop for Criminals
The Most Commonly Targeted Locations for Cargo Theft are Warehouses - CargoNet
Recent studies on cargo and supply chain theft have produced chilling data. Look at these stats:
In 2021, CargoNet found that over the past five years, 134 incidents of cargo theft were reported during Labor Day weekend.
The average loss value of this holiday theft trend amounted to $147,027 over the past five years.
In Q1 2022, the average reported value of cargo theft came to a whopping $232,000.
The most targeted commodities were electronics and auto parts like catalytic converters.
Organized Cargo Theft Rings are More Sophisticated Than Ever Before.
Organized cargo crime rings are becoming more prevalent, ratcheting up the profitability, frequency, and sophistication of cargo theft - and the lengths businesses must go to protect themselves. Cargo theft rings stake out shipping locations like warehouses and distribution centers, watching trucks until they can identify the most valuable targets. Then they strike.
Protect Your Cargo This Labor Day Weekend. Here's How:
It’s not too late to protect your cargo for the long Labor Day weekend. The sooner you start putting these layered security measures in place, the sooner you can enjoy a stress-free Labor Day with peace of mind that your profits are safe.
Start With Your Perimeter
Your perimeter is the foundation of your overall security system. After all, the harder you make it for criminals to access your property, the less likely you are to suffer a break-in.
Check your perimeter fencing to make sure there are no gaps, weak spots, or loose areas where someone could get through your fence easily.
Adding an electric security fence like The Electric Guard Dog™ Fence can mean the difference between a happy holiday weekend and one spent dealing with the police and your insurance agency. Nothing stops criminals like an electric fence, which delivers a safe, but memorable 7,000-volt shock to anyone that touches it.
Add Video Monitoring for Deterrence and Detection
Video cameras at your location serve a dual purpose. The first is to deter thieves from entering your property in the first place because they know there is a higher chance of being apprehended. The second is that video surveillance satisfies police requirements for dual verification before they send out officers to the site of a break-in.
It Seems Obvious, But... LOCK UP!
You’d be shocked to find out how many times gates, doors, and shipping containers are accidentally left unlocked, practically inviting criminals to an “all-you-can-steal” buffet.
Create a procedure to make sure all containers, doors, and gates are locked at the end of each day, with keys organized and accounted for. Make sure that anyone who handles the keys must log them in and out, so you can keep your staff honest, too.
Light the Way to Better Security
Lot lighting acts as a psychological deterrent to prospective cargo thieves. Criminals want to keep their activities and identities hidden under the cover of darkness. Light up your lot with intense security lighting, and you’ll remove thieves’ most powerful tool for getting away with what is yours.
Stay Vigilant and Enjoy Your Holiday!
Labor Day cargo theft doesn’t have to take all the fun out of your holiday weekend. Stay vigilant, put these measures in place, and you’ll get a leg up on thieves who want to help themselves to your cargo.
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The Ultimate Perimeter Solution
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AMAROK™ is a full-perimeter security company based in Columbia, South Carolina, that provides commercial security services throughout the United States and Canada. Specializing in electric fencing and perimeter security systems for commercial properties, AMAROK also provides supplemental surveillance solutions, including cameras, lights, and alarms. Together, these business security services form the ultimate crime prevention solution for any business.
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