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IoT solutions for preventing cargo theft

Preventing cargo theft is a critical aspect of logistics in Africa, where cargo theft is a significant challenge faced by many companies. Here are some strategies that can help prevent cargo theft, which include the deployment of IoT solutions in the warehouse supply chain for inventory tracking. With the advent of low-cost Bluetooth mesh technologies for inventory management, indoor location tracking, and Cellular connectivity, all of which are available on a monthly subscription basis, anti-theft inventory technologies have become affordable.

Preventing cargo theft in warehouse with inventory tracking

  1. Conduct a risk assessment: Conducting a risk assessment is an important first step in preventing cargo theft. This will help you identify the areas and routes that are most vulnerable to theft and enable you to put in place appropriate preventive measures.

  2. Use secure transport: Transporting cargo in secure vehicles and using reputable logistics companies with a proven track record can help prevent cargo theft. Companies should use vehicles with geofencing GPS tracking devices and install security locks on doors and windows to deter thieves.

  3. Train and educate employees: Employees play a vital role in preventing cargo theft. They need to be aware of the risks and the measures in place to prevent theft. Companies should conduct regular training sessions to educate employees on the importance of cargo security, how to identify suspicious behavior, and what to do in case of theft.

  4. Implement strict access controls: Restricting access to loading and offloading areas can help prevent cargo theft. Companies should implement strict access controls, including identity verification, vehicle registration checks, and visitor control.

  5. Use technology: Technology can play a significant role in preventing cargo theft. Companies can use various technologies such as GPS tracking, electronic seals, and video surveillance to monitor cargo in real-time, detect unauthorized access, and prevent theft.

  6. Secure storage facilities: Warehouses and storage facilities should be secure and have appropriate security measures in place. This includes using security cameras, perimeter fencing, alarm systems, and warehouse monitoring systems.

  7. Develop a response plan: Despite all preventive measures, cargo theft can still occur. It’s important to have a response plan in place to quickly respond to theft and recover stolen goods. Companies should work with local law enforcement and security firms to develop an effective response plan.

By implementing these strategies, companies can significantly reduce the risk of cargo theft and secure their supply chain in Africa in the AfCTA network.

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