How fleet managers can keep their trucks and cargo safe on SA roads

Issue 2 2022 Transport (Industry)

Truck hijackings in South Africa continue to affect the country’s economy. These crimes have been on the rise for some years now, with Police Minister Bheki Cele reporting one of the most considerable increases (31,7%) in truck hijackings just over a year ago.

Arrive Alive outlines several factors to help reduce the risk of hijackings, including the importance of drivers communicating with the control room and exercising caution when making unscheduled stops.

Here are some additional measures that fleet managers can implement to improve the security of their trucks and cargo.

Protect high-risk cargo

Cargo is at its most vulnerable when it is in transit on the road because of the countless unsafe parking spots along routes and the time it takes to get it from one point to another. As a result, crime syndicates may attempt to steal it from a stationary or moving vehicle or hijack the truck carrying it.

Although cargo theft can occur at any point in the supply chain, criminals usually target goods in transit. The most considerable risk is at unsecured parking locations, where the driver and the load are easy targets.

To reduce the risk of cargo theft, drivers must lock all doors before taking breaks. In addition, they must be aware of all the vehicle's security features and devices, including the panic button, telematics and tracking devices.

As an added safety measure, fleet managers need to encourage any drivers on the road who suspect that criminals are targeting them to immediately contact the police and remain in the cabin with the engine running.

Prevent stowaways from gaining access

There have been countless cases of stowaways attempting to board trucks undetected when entering countries illegally. This often happens close to border crossings but is less likely to occur on route. In most instances, perpetrators aren't violent, so long as they remain undiscovered. However, they may cause a diversion to attempt to board the truck, such as placing a barrier on the road to stop the vehicle, resulting in injuries and truck damage.

Because most perpetrators try to board trucks close to border crossings, drivers should park their vehicles in a secure space, ensuring everything is locked while waiting to clear customs.

Keeping trucks and cargo safe with geofencing

Keeping track of when drivers arrive at specific locations is one of the best ways fleet managers can keep their trucks and cargo safe on the road. Geofencing allows them to do this by providing a location-based service that defines a virtual perimeter via GPS.

Geofencing allows fleet managers to track their drivers’ movements and identify certain events, like when they arrive at a location or travel in the wrong direction. The software also delivers automatic notifications when drivers leave or enter a designated geofence area, such as a high-risk crime area.

Fleet managers can also define secure zones for trucks to drive through or park using geofencing and map out specific routing. Most importantly, this software is crucial in preventing truck hijackings, helping drivers stay on track and manage their time efficiently.

Best of all, fleet managers can create geofences when they know assets will be in specific areas. Then, once a vehicle is outside of that defined area, they will get instantly notified and can take immediate action. This saves them the cost of replacing a stolen truck or cargo.

For more information go to

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Avoiding human error at ports
LD Africa Transport (Industry) CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Products Logistics (Industry)
LD Africa introduced a local port to the AxxonSoft Port Security System ,a solution that helps overcome the element of human error and eliminate paperwork.

Numerous challenges for transport and logistics
Transport (Industry) CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Security Services & Risk Management Logistics (Industry)
Operators are making significant investments in automation and digitalisation in order to address security concerns, improve loss prevention as well as efficiency, and reduce unit order costs.

Hybrid licence plate recognition
ZKTeco Products Access Control & Identity Management Transport (Industry) Logistics (Industry)
The ZKTeco LPRS2000 is a hybrid-recognition vehicle management terminal that combines the latest high-performance UHF reader.

A key to urban transport challenges
Axis Communications SA Transport (Industry) CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Integrated Solutions Logistics (Industry)
There are many enabling technologies that can impact transportation in South Africa, but a good place to start is by considering the applications for smart physical technology with the ability to collect and respond to data.

Streamlining processes, integrating operations
Security Services & Risk Management Integrated Solutions Transport (Industry) Logistics (Industry)
With Trackforce Valiant, Airbus now has one single platform that connects its security guards, supervisors and management across its organisation.

Physical security at distribution centre
Turnstar Systems Transport (Industry) Access Control & Identity Management Products Logistics (Industry)
Turnstar’s Velocity Raptors create a high-security physical barrier at Massmart’s new 75 000 m2 distribution centre in Riversands, Johannesburg .

Cold chain integrity in real time
Technews Publishing Editor's Choice Asset Management, EAS, RFID IT infrastructure Transport (Industry) Logistics (Industry)
DeltaTrak offers real-time farm-to-fork IoT monitoring of the cold chain to ensure every step of the journey is recorded and verifiable via the cloud.

Security solutions that go the distance
Avigilon Logistics (Industry) CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring Asset Management, EAS, RFID Transport (Industry)
Avigilon self-learning video analytics help detect potentially critical events and issue an alert within the ACC dashboard, allowing officers to then verify event alarms.

Smollan partners with FleetDomain
Logistics (Industry) Asset Management, EAS, RFID Security Services & Risk Management Transport (Industry)
Smollan has been using FleetDomain to manage its fleet of around 2000 vehicles in South Africa, enabling it to contain costs and manage its fleet much more effectively.

Smarter parking services
Security Services & Risk Management Transport (Industry) Logistics (Industry)
Smart technologies are changing the face of parking services and helping property owners realise their commercial objectives.