World-wide within the past three years, terrorists completed 17 vehicle-ramming attacks ending in 173 fatalities and 667 injuries. Last year, high profile attacks gained attention after particularly publicized incidents in France and Israel. May 2017, TSA released an unclassified report warning commercial vehicle users about the dangers of opportunistic terrorists.
Comparatively, in the last three years only four of the 17 documented ramming-vehicle terrorist attacks used a commercial truck. While less common to use a big rig at this time, professional drivers especially know the power of large commercial trucks. Be vigilant regarding your equipment security. Our best practices of avoiding congestion, locking your tractor and trailer as well as using common sense are the best safeguards. Regular safety-conscious basics also include:
- Park in well-lit lots
- Plan your route
- Know your destination, verify identity of receivers per company policy
- Recognize suspicious behaviors that include perimeter walking, individuals holding cameras or taking notes as well as individuals using vehicles to follow or watch you
- Ensure security devices are working properly
- Always take your Revelco or quad lock key when away from the vehicle
- Verify Abloy lock is attached to trailer and that the seal is intact
Always secure your truck and trailer to protect from theft. Be alert and if you see something unusual, say something-better to report than risk the alternative. When you notice potential “threat indicators” inform local law enforcements.
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