As a trucker, you have to be highly cognizant of potential risks when you're behind the wheel, but threats don't end when you pull off the nation's highways and byways. As such, you should be more aware of your physical security risks when you're away from your big rig or parked for the night, and there are several steps you can take to increase your peace of mind no matter what situation you're in.
Those steps include the following:
1) Install video cameras
Modern technology allows you to easily install small, high-definition cameras that record all actions that take place around your truck, according to Integrity Network Insurance Group. These can be helpful as a way to determine what happened in the event of a crime, and as a potential deterrent if a would-be thief spots your camera in the first place. This doesn't even have to be a big investment for you — decent cameras can cost a few hundred dollars — but it can boost security in a big way.
2) Don't leave your truck idling
This is a common mistake some truckers make because it's convenient — but it shouldn't be done in any circumstances, Integrity Network Insurance Group advised. When you leave your truck for any reason, and any length of time, take your keys with you and lock it up.
3) Be aware of your surroundings
When you are parking for the night, or even just to run into a truck stop and make a few quick purchases, you should take a look at the area around your truck, according to Trucking Truth. Are there plenty of other people around? Is the area well-lit? Are there potential risks that might require additional security measures? These are all highly important considerations you have to account for as a trucker.
4) Keep valuables out of sight
Often, crimes arise because of an opportunity, not because someone has been planning them carefully for some time, Trucking Truth recommended. For instance, someone walking by who notices you've left a laptop and GPS device on your dashboard, and your truck unlocked, might be tempted to break in. If you are proactive about denying them that visual enticement, you'll greatly reduce your risk.
5) Be in touch with dispatch and your destination
It's always a good idea to keep dispatch, and the company you're driving toward, in the loop when it comes to where you are and what's going on, according to Coverwallet. That way, if you don't check in or call to report an issue, there's an extra layer of knowledge that can help you avoid a problem.
6) Don't just think about physical security
In addition to the actual physical security of your vehicle, you also need to be aware of the cyber risks you might face, Coverwallet added. If you log onto a website via a truck stop's public WiFi and enter sensitive information like your credit card number, that data could be intercepted in another crime of opportunity.
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