When winter comes, criminals don’t hibernate like bears. Why? The criminals are busy taking advantage of opportunities to further their unscrupulous desires.

So there are several important precautions to prevent crime in snowy weather.

You need to safeguard vehicles in your parking lot, your warehouse or distribution facilities, and your truck drivers on the road.

Facility security

To guard against criminals breaking in your vehicles and facilities:

— Brush snow off equipment, gates, prohibitive signs, and especially lights and security cameras.

— If you don’t have dusk to dawn lights, adjust timers on lights because your facilities will be dark before 5 p.m.

— Provide an escort service for vulnerable employees who are coming to work or leaving work in the dark.

— Long before the snow season, trim your shrubs to prevent criminals from hiding on your property to steal products or to accost your employees.

— Keep snow banks low for the same reason.

— To prevent a criminal from climbing your fence, don’t plow snow against it.

— Maintain doors and door frames so they don’t warp. Warped doors and door frames make it easy for criminals to use crowbars to break into your facility.

— Check all doors to see that they lock and close properly in freezing temperatures.

“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.”

-Jodi Rell

Transportation security

Your drivers have enough to worry about when they’re driving on snow and ice. They also have to take precautions against criminals.

Here are some driving-security tips:

— Before and after a snowy season, check all truck locks for rust from the salty roads.

— When you anticipate freezing weather that cause sticky locks, make de-icer available for drivers.

— Your policies should prevent drivers from leaving their cabs unlocked and engines idling just to keep the cabs heated.

— Warn drivers to stay alert at trucks stops. Even quick visits to dart inside a truck stop can mean danger from criminals on dark, freezing nights.

The bottom-line: In essence, don’t allow employees to take shortcuts in frigid weather.

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“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.”

-Jodi Rell


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