Trucking & Logistics Security: Protect Trailers and Freight

Posted by Sean Murphy on January 6, 2016

J.J. Coughlin, Chairman of the Southwest Transportation Security Council, filed this report on trucking and logistics security.

Dallas Police statistics show that commercial crime incidents including trucking and other types are 10% lower over the last eight years. Police credit this downward trend to the use of surveillance cameras and advanced technology, including live video surveillance that notifies police or stakeholders when there are unusual or unauthorized activities. Having someone proactively live monitor security devices allows trained operators to determine if police should be dispatched or stakeholders should be notified.

I visited the real-time control center of Stealth Monitoring to see how it applied to the trucking and logistics security industry. I was curious to see how live video monitoring might be used during in-transit truck or trailer and last mile courier moves. Stealth Monitoring management stated that whether the logistics security technology is deployed at the corporate facility or actively on the trucks themselves, the industry now has the ability to provide live monitoring, which could reduce cargo theft and other freight and vehicle losses, improve productivity and allow the load to be much more secure because authorities can be immediately contacted and dispatched in the case of problems.

Stealth can install a two camera system and a GPS tracking device in a truck or trailer with a cellular mobile internet connection for a trucking and logistics security solution. The vehicle can be monitored not only for exact location, but also as to who is entering the vehicle and what is being loaded or removed.

Stealth also can provide high resolution videos to local police departments to aid in incident investigation and suspect identification. With the widespread availability of 3G and 4G high speed mobile networks nationwide, there are less and less “dark spots” where trucking and logistics security coverage is not available.

During my visit to the Stealth Video Monitoring control center in Dallas, I witnessed their capability to monitor thousands of cameras for hundreds of commercial clients. Norm Charney, owner of Stealth, said he recognized the need of live monitoring because of the lack of effectiveness of security surveillance cameras without live monitoring or alert capabilities. Having a video recording after the fact is too late to stop vandals or thieves and most of the times, does not provide the needed evidence to identify suspects. When the cameras or devices are live monitored, police can be dispatched in real time for typically faster response and have a great opportunity to arrest the perpetrators.

Stealth Management also showed me how they can utilize their technology to provide remote wireless access control and surveillance equipment to lock down a trucking or warehouse facility. This virtual outsourced service includes opening and closing gates, activating audio speakers, controlling lighting, and allowing authorized entry and exit from the central monitoring center.

About Stealth. Stealth Monitoring is a leader in proactive remote surveillance for trucking and logistics security with over 9,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Real-time video monitoring can detect and deter crime in Dallas and other cities in the U.S. while reducing security guard and other expenses. A Stealth operator can see unusual activity like theft from warehouses, distribution centers, trucks, and trailers of cargo and freight, activate a speaker warning to deter the thieves, and call the local police.

Please contact Stealth today for more information to protect your commercial supply chain trucking, cargo, logistics, warehouse, or truck yard business. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at industrial facilities.