As a professional truck driver, your tractor trailer is a lot more than just how you get from Point A to Point B. It's your home away from home, your office and — obviously — your livelihood. With that in mind, you might need to do more to protect it, whether you're in it or not.
How can you do that? We have a few suggestions that should serve you well throughout your life on the road:
1) Park in a well-lit spot
One of the best ways to protect your truck, and yourself, is by parking in an area where there's plenty of lighting, according to Wabco. That way, potential thieves are going to be deterred from committing crimes before they even consider it.
2) Install smarter locks
These days, there's more than just the standard door locks available for vehicles of all shapes and sizes, and you might want to think about installing one, Wabco said. A locking mechanism that requires you to type in a key code could be preferable to a purely mechanical lock that can be picked or otherwise triggered without a key.
3) Hide or lock up valuables
Even if someone gains access to your vehicle without authorization, you want to make sure they can't get to anything of value, according to Carlock. Having lockable bins to store things like your phone or laptop, and putting them out of sight, will help reduce your risk.
4) Lock it up and keep your keys close
You might be surprised at the number of truckers who don't lock up when they're not in it, but you don't want to end up making that kind of mistake, Carlock advised. It's easy enough to carry your keys on a carabiner and make sure your vehicle is locked up tight no matter how long you're outside it.
5) Consider immobilizers
There are now ways to both manually and remotely make it so that your vehicle can't be operated without your permission, Carlock warned. You might remember products you can install across your steering wheel from the 1980s and '90s, and they still work great, but there are now other, more advanced technologies you can install for the same effect.
6) Use an alarm
Again, many truck break-ins are crimes of opportunity because thieves see a potentially easy way to get something valuable, according to Overweight Permits. Even if you can't park in well-lit areas, an alarm system will make their actions more than a little conspicuous, and can scare them off without further action.
7) Install video cameras
If you install cameras on your truck — perhaps both on its interior and exterior — you'll be able to visually dissuade would-be thieves and also get evidence in the event of a crime, Overweight Permits cautioned. When you do so, even if you are victimized, you'll still be in better shape to get to the bottom of the issue.
8) Use GPS tracking
Finally, having a GPS tracker on your vehicle can be a big help in the unlikely event of outright theft, Overweight Permits further added. That way, no matter where it is, it's easy for you, your company or the authorities to track it down.
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