Cargo theft has been around for centuries and has evolved into an international problem affecting business and consumers. In today’s global economy, raw materials are manufactured in one area of the world, and a completed product is warehoused and consumed in another. Cargo is stolen at any point in between, compromising product integrity and availability. In fact, the global economic crisis has increased theworldwide demand for black market goods. Concerns about reducing or preventing vehicle thefts have prompted an awareness of the top three strategies identified for risk mitigation.
Real-Time Tracking Protects Your Vehicles
Reducing theft begins with identifying the location of your vehicles and how they are being used, both on and off duty. A real-time tracking system allows you to manage your fleet vehicles, protect business and personal property, and monitor and locate your assets. Effective and reliable cutting edge GPS trackers and software platforms offer technologies to keep you in constant contact. Web management interfaces are simple to use, and include high-resolution image mapping, instant alert notifications, historical playback, and customizable reporting.
Tracking System Theft Recovery Solution
Tracking systems are an ideal way to protect vehicles from theft. Motivated criminals can manipulate steering wheel locks and alarms, leaving your fleet susceptible and your driver without an automobile. Having a vehicle stolen that contains cargo is stressful enough. Add to that the associated costs of increased insurance deductibles, cargo replacement value, and higher premiums and you are looking at a financial nightmare. Geofence alerts can distinguish unauthorized movement by registering when carriers enter or exit pre-determined geographic boundaries. The system sends notifications to a manager in the office or the field.
Reports for Monitoringand Managing Vehicle Usage
You can also diminish theft by employing a diversity of reports to monitor and manage vehicle utilization. For instance, daily start and stop reports provide the position and location of each vehicle in your fleet. Odd-hours movement reports allow you to promptly catalog after-hours trip details for a single transport or your complete fleet. They can also identify any changes made during a specified time frame. Idle time reports allow you to coach drivers to reduce excessive idling because unnecessary idling, particularly in remote areas, makes vehicles easier to steal.
Protecting Your Assets in the Field
Tracking systems can pinpoint the exact location of all assets, so that you know where it is at all times. Setting alerts provides text, email, and voice notifications when equipment or vehicles are moved, ensuring that you can identify and deter potential theft as it happens. According to Networkfleet, GPS tracking devices can significantly reduce the risk of theft. GPS allows you to track your assets, investigate suspicious use or movement, and relay the position to the authorities in case of theft. Investing in a GPS tracking system is the best, proactive way to secure and protect any vehicle asset, including fixed and movable equipment.