Tips for reducing the risk of vehicle and load theft

Commercial vehicles and their loads are a tempting target for thieves – but you can reduce the risks.

Vehicle keys: Make sure keys are stored in a locked unit when not in use. Limit the number of staff that have access and place it in an area not easily accessible to others.

Vehicle storage: Make your site secure. Facilities should include locked gates, perimeter fences or walls, CCTV and security lighting.

Paperwork: Keep vehicle documents in a safe place that's free from fire risk. Make a record of who loads the vehicle, which driver is operating it, the destination of the load and the recipient.

Loading vigilance: Ensure your loading area is discreet and that you know who is loading the vehicle. Is there an inventory system or a loading supervisor?

Employee background: Check the history of new employees, gathering references from previous employers and checking the identity of individuals via driving licence, national insurance card, etc.

Training: Loading operatives and drivers will benefit from training that highlights security risks. Training also shows the company is aware of the risk of theft and looking to deter would-be thieves. Training should include advice on load and vehicle securing, and what to do if there is a change of delivery location or recipient of goods.

Driver safety: Drivers need clear instructions for deliveries, access to a company contact (especially in 24-hour operations), and a plan of action in the event of a hijack, vehicle or load theft.

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