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Security Strategies for Cargo Companies

NCJ Number
Security Management Volume: 42 Issue: 4 Dated: April 1998 Pages: 28-33
J Albrecht
Date Published
6 pages
This article reviews measures to help cargo companies cut their losses.
A strong fraud and loss prevention program can safeguard profits by making any shipping operation a less inviting target. A successful cargo loss prevention program should include physical security, an employee screening system tailored for a transportation company, accountability procedures, loss reporting plans, and law enforcement involvement. In addition, transport organizations can greatly reduce the opportunity for theft by adopting some helpful practices: (1) Do not accept late deliveries that cannot be off-loaded from delivery trucks the same day; (2) Keep complete records of all equipment on the property and what cargo arrived in each trailer; (3) Limit the number of employees with access to shipping and receiving information; (4) Paint identification information on the tops of tractors and trailers so they can be identified by air; (5) Conduct frequent checks matching freight with its paperwork; and (6) Avoid advertising the name brand of the product being carried on the trailers.