How do couriers keep items safe from theft?

Theft of parcels is a regular problem which is always in the background if not closer. This problem can become more prevalent around certain times of the year (such as Christmas) or when money is short and ‘times are difficult,’ such as we are experiencing now. Couriers have a range of tools, tricks and equipment to keep their parcels safe, and ensure they end up at the right destination with the right recipient and not in the wrong hands! In this article we explore how couriers can help lower the risk of items being stolen.

Tracking

Sometimes it is not individual items that get stolen but whole vans or vehicles. Those that have tracking devices fitted buy the police a healthy amount of time to be able to follow, trace or intercept the stolen vehicle, making recovery of the goods more likely.

Good to know: Rock Solid Deliveries only carry individual items on a per job basis, so your goods will never be with anyone else’s. This way of operation can also lower risk as far as theft is concerned.

(Remote) CCTV

CCTV can be vital when it comes to catching criminals in the act and protecting the safety of employees and parcels. It is even better if this CCTV is monitored remotely, because it can’t be destroyed or tampered with by savvy criminals who know how to hide their identity and ensure that any footage is deleted.

Locks

Perhaps this is an obvious one, but the amount of vehicles which are not properly secure can be surprisingly high. Any locks are better than none at all, but locks vary widely in terms of quality. Couriers must ensure that high quality locks and safety devices are fitted to their vehicles, conforming to the latest standards and requirements. Technology changes all the time and new locking devices are coming to market which protect even better.

Extra staff

Two heads are better than one, and many hands make light work! If your consignment is deemed risky or at high chance of theft, it is also wise to take another staff member along. Many couriers that experience parcels which are stolen are often lone workers. Whilst this clearly can’t be done in all cases, a balance and assessment of risk is a sensible approach here, and common sense should dictate when it is wise to send two people.

Training

Sometimes how the staff behave in a situation can be the key. Training staff on risk management, what to look out for, or how not to get themselves into dangerous situations, can all lower the risk of parcels being stolen and keeping the employee’s safety at the highest level.

Good to know: All our staff at Rock Solid Deliveries are highly trained and we are well aware of the problem of parcel theft. We ensure all our staff remain vigilant at all times. Our policy of concentrating whilst on the road doesn’t only stretch to traffic but to everything else that is going on around too!

Rock Solid Deliveries understand the inconvenience, stress and frustration that parcel theft can bring. Safety of our employees and customer’s packages are our number 1 priority and you can ensure we take the most comprehensive steps to protect everyone.

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