PCSC Alert 2018 – 120

This “extended” holiday period should be treated with extra care. Please keep the below in mind:

Be pro-active:  Confirm that shipment dates/times coincide with your customers’ “open” hours during this, essentially “week+ long” holiday time frame. If they don’t, take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of those shipments being staged or stored prior to actual delivery dates . . . 

The Thanksgiving Holiday Break has traditionally been a time when transported/warehoused cargo is more at risk than any other time during the year. PCSC partner CargoNet® has analyzed data from the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (for 2013 to 2017) and found thieves stole approximately $9.4 million in cargo, 79 semi tractors, and 95 semi-trailers - across 108 reported theft events. Twenty percent of theft events in this analysis occurred in California, 14 percent in Texas, and 12 percent in Florida. During the time period analyzed, cargo thefts were reported in more than 20 different states.

The vast majority of truckers say it is harder to find parking after the ELD mandate and, according to Trucker Path app data, they look up parking availability 10-15% more often during evening hours than before the ELD mandate, signifying additional stress. 

Helpful reminders from our friends at PCSC to secure your shipments, transportation assets and facilities for the upcoming Labor Day Holiday 

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From Chuck Forsaith, HDA Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition:

 Be pro-active:  Confirm that shipment dates/times coincide with your customers’ “open” hours during this, essentially “week-long” holiday time frame. If they don’t, take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of those shipments being staged or stored prior to actual delivery dates. Be sure, if you must, that your assets in-transit are either very safely secured and/or being consistently monitored. If you have technology at your disposal such as GPS tracking, King Pin Locks, Air Cuff locks, Landing Gear Locks, heavy-duty trailer door locks are all being used to the fullest extent possible – both in-transit and in stationary storage. All technological assets, whatever they may be, need to be deployed during these holiday periods.