Losing a vehicle to theft creates a world of problems for fleet managers. Not only is a valuable piece of equipment now gone, but there is an added cost of downtime for the driver, fleet manager and the entire company.
There were over 721,000 estimated vehicle thefts in the United States in 2012, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, which totaled more than $4.3 billion in losses for the victims.
Fleet managers should do everything in their power to protect themselves from this potential loss by ensuring that proper measures are in place to prevent a potential vehicle theft.
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By putting these simple practices in place, fleet managers can protect their vehicles and maintain company assets.
Instruct fleet drivers to never leave their vehicle unattended when the engine is running or hide a spare key on the vehicle. Ensure that drivers close all windows and lock all doors, park their vehicles in well-lit areas, and that valuable items are not left in plain sight in the vehicle, or in the vehicle at all.
Whether a vehicle is in a parking lot or at a job site, fleet managers should always be aware of its location – especially if the vehicle is left at an off-site location overnight.
Put a variety of security measures in place. Find effective ways to protect vehicles from opportunistic thieves.
Invest in GPS tracking like Teletrac’s loss prevention software, which assists fleet managers with location detection so they know exactly where their vehicles are located, 24 hours a day.
Immediately report incidents of vehicle theft. In the event that a fleet driver becomes a victim, report the full details of the incident to local authorities. This information could help any ongoing investigations and catch repeat offenders. Using Teletrac’s loss prevention software, fleet managers can immediately notify authorities, allowing for the quick retrieval of a stolen vehicle or assets.
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Randy Thomas is a Senior Account Executive at Teletrac and works very closely with delivery, service and private carrier fleets. Randy is also a pivotal member of our Chairman's Club and is one of our go-to brain trust's in the world of telematics and GPS technology. Email Randy Thomas