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Long weekends can lead to heavy traffic and a surge in cargo theft

For most Americans, the upcoming Long Memorial Day weekend is the time to relax and start the summer travel season with some sort of family vacation.

For many American truck drivers, that other day is on the road, with two unwelcome prospects associated with it.

  • More travelers on the highway
  • Increased likelihood of cargo being stolen

These are the predictions of two organizations monitoring such things. AAA suggests that Americans are paving the way again after the slowdown in COVID last year. Similarly CargoNet says it anticipates a “serious threat” to Memorial Day weekend freight.

According to AAA, vacation trips are expected to increase by 60% with 37 million Americans traveling during what is believed to be the beginning of each summer travel season. Most of the anniversary trips take place on US highways, as nine out of ten travelers drive to their destinations. According to AAA, travel is projected to increase by 52% compared to 2020. Nearly 12 million Americans will travel by car on this vacation than in 2020. However, that number is 9% less than in 2019.

AAA research partner INRIX predicts that drivers will encounter the longest travel delays before the holiday weekend, especially on Thursday afternoon, May 27th and Friday afternoon, May 28th. Drivers of some major metros in the United States can experience twice the travel time of a regular trip. Drivers in Atlanta, Houston, and New York, on the other hand, can experience more than three times the delay in the busiest corridors.

CargoNet has reviewed data from 2016 to 2020 from Thursday before Memorial Day to Wednesday after Memorial Day. 143 events were reported, with an average of 29 events reported annually.

In addition, Memorial Day weekend activity in 2020 increased by 35% from the same weekend in 2019. The stolen cargo at each event was worth an average of $ 308,308. This is due to five thefts with stolen goods in excess of $ 1 million.

According to CargoNet, 20% of recorded thefts occurred on Friday, and a significant number of thefts also occurred on Sunday (16%) and Monday (15%).

Sensitech, Inc. According to the report, there are ways to reduce the risk of cargo theft:

  • Measures must be taken to verify the authenticity of all cargo-related activities during these periods, especially those engaged in the movement or storage of cargo. Driver and business validation is paramount before launching a shipment.
  • Communication between the driver and the shipper must be well established and maintained regularly during shipment during these periods. The communication should include the driver’s instructions on what type of action is required and what is not allowed.
  • Truck stops, highway rest areas, and distribution centers are frequent targets for cargo thieves. This is not only traditional, but also during the holidays. Therefore, the place where the cargo is intentionally (or unintentionally) stationary should be as safe as possible, even for a short period of time. When choosing a safe area / lot, you should consider access control, proper lighting, congestion, personal or video surveillance of all kinds, time of transit, and local cargo theft activities. It is the past information of.
  • If freight transportation needs to be left unattended for a period of time, it should be as secure as possible. Anti-theft lock / sealing mechanism for tractors, trailers and cargo compartments. Disable technology for vehicle power unit or trailer movement. Parked vehicles and / or freight compartments in ways that make access as difficult as possible – everything is worth a strong consideration.
  • When you need to make the most of the tracking technology available for deployment, such as GPS monitoring. This includes the transportation power unit, its cargo area (if separated), and tracking technology for the cargo itself.

Long weekends can lead to heavy traffic and a surge in cargo theft Long weekends can lead to heavy traffic and a surge in cargo theft

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