GREEN BAY, Wis. — Schneider National has reported declines in cargo theft rates for the sixth consecutive year. The company’s 2012 security results – including a 40% decline in full-truckload thefts and a 50% reduction in total value per load stolen – far exceed US industry rates for 2012, according to the company.
According to FreightWatch’s International 2012 Annual Cargo Theft Report, the overall number of nationwide stolen freight incidents in the US decreased by 0.5%. Schneider officials say the company has steadily bucked the trend of rising cargo thefts in the industry, realizing a reduction from 25 thefts in 2006 to just eight last year. Schneider moves about three million loads of freight each year.
Walter Fountain, director of safety and enterprise security at Schneider, says the company concentrates on making ongoing improvements to its technology and training programs while emphasizing situational awareness and a load-specific communication strategy across its fleet of 13,000 company drivers and independent contractors.
“I’ve always believed our proactive planning makes Schneider’s security program a success story year after year,” Fountain said. “It’s all about knowing the ins and outs of the freight we’re moving, keeping our customers updated, and arming our drivers with exceptional training and information.”
Fountain, who recently served as the chairman of the American Trucking Associations’ Supply Chain Security and Loss Prevention Council, adds that it’s crucial for the industry to work together to buck the climbing national trend. “Not only do we keep communication as clear and transparent as possible internally, but we also feel a sense of responsibility for helping guide the entire industry in a safer and more secure direction,” Fountain said. “We recently started work on designing a custom lock to keep loads even safer; we champion the idea of creating tailored security solutions that help keep customer freight safe and secure.”
In addition to emphasizing security-based training and situational awareness with its drivers, Schneider also works with its customers to engineer security processes into loads before they’re on the road.
“Advance communication and use of team drivers on high-value loads, layers of security procedures, and both high- and low-tech security solutions are also critical in keeping freight safe,” the company said.
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