Understand the Issue: Information Goes a Long Way
There are a variety of steps organizations can take to preserve the integrity of the supply chain and protect their company and goods. For example, organizations should be aware of latest crime methods used by organized criminals, specific areas that are targeted by criminals and products that are particularly vulnerable to theft. Sharing that knowledge with everyone involved in the supply chain further enhances the protection process and helps to preserve the chain. Below are a few ways to expand knowledge about theft issues:
- Participate in industry regional supply chain security councils,
- Network at law enforcement/cargo theft task force functions,
- Join and participate in National Transportation Security organizations,
- Participate in the SC-ISAC.
Establish/Strengthen Your Company's Security Operations: An Ounce of Prevention…
Making certain your company has a strategic plan to safeguard its cargo throughout the supply chain is integral to helping protect your organization's profitability. If your company does not have a supply chain security operation, work to build one:
- Review high value shipper security requirements and government compliance guidelines;
- Develop corporate supply chain security guidelines; draft a written security plan;
- Contact your insurance carrier about any resources they may be able to offer to assist you in developing a supply chain security strategy;
- Evaluate and regularly audit your transportation partners to ensure that they are following proper supply chain security guidelines; conduct a driver screening process to reduce incidents of "inside jobs";
- Establish contractual security requirements for supply chain partners; implement the plan with partners.
Use Theft Deterrents and Proven Recovery Systems: Practice What You Preach
A layered approach to theft protection is the best means to ensure your cargo is safe from today's thieves. Use measures such as:
- Make certain your trucks have immobilization devices such as wheel locks, fuel shut-offs, air cuff locks, ignition locks and stolen vehicle recovery systems so your drivers can leave their cargoes if necessary;
- Consider installing battery-disconnect switches;
- Use a proven covert cargo tracking, monitoring and recovery system.
The 2008 LoJack SCI Cargo Theft Study is based on incident information provided by 1,500 users from nearly 600 member companies of the SC-ISAC, in 42 states from January to December 2008. This is the first full year that LoJack SCI has been tracking this data and will continue to issue these reports annually to provide the industry with valuable statistics and trend information.