TT Talk - Make your valuable cargoes less vulnerable

  • Date: 12/01/2007
  • Source: TT Talk 94

Cargo, like computer parts, mobile phones, electronic equipment, and spirits in road transit are a target for criminals. A member of the Club recently experienced two expensive thefts involving electronic equipment within the space of two months. One of the incidents happened in the Northampton industrial area of the UK, and in this case, the driver was subjected to some sort of gas being sprayed through the cab's ventilation system to ensure that he stayed asleep during the course of the theft.

Whist methods used to steal cargo from vehicles have become more sophisticated, we continue to see many forms of theft which could have been avoided. For example, successful old tricks like "round-the-corner" (or "jump up") thefts and drivers being lured from cabs by a "problem" with the vehicle, are still being used.

It is almost common knowledge among truck thieves that vehicles waiting in industrial areas may contain valuable cargo and are rich pickings. In transporting valuable cargo, the Club recommends the following simple but fundamental security tips:

- A carefully planned delivery time so as to keep parking time to a minimum;

- If overnight parking is inevitable, all drivers should be directed to park their vehicles in a secure area;

- Under no circumstances should the doors or windows be opened in an unsecured location.

Safe journey and security does not necessarily require a lot of capital investment. Good planning and procedures can be enough to discourage many criminals.

Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited and TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited, trading as the TT Club. TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited, registered in the UK (Company number: 02657093) is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. In Hong Kong, TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is authorised and regulated by the Hong Kong Insurance Authority, in Singapore by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and in Australia by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. In the United States, TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is approved as a surplus lines insurer in all states and is accessible through properly licensed surplus lines brokers. The registered offices are: 90 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4ST.

Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited, registered in Bermuda (Company number: 1750) is authorised and regulated in Bermuda by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. 

The UK VAT Identification number for Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited is: GB 564 5244 35 and for TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is: GB 564 3375 30. The Italian VAT Identification number for TT Club Mutual Ltd is: 03627210101.

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