by Mark Thomas, VP of Marketing and Alliances, Ridecell
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the holiday shipping season is upon us. But while your customers are hoping that their special holiday deliveries arrive on time, more thieves are on the lookout for unattended vehicles and cargo.
Holiday theft can be incredibly costly. Between December 23, 2021, and January 2, 2022, the average cost of a single stolen shipment was $151,199. The primary targets? Electronics, televisions, and major appliances.±
Keeping vehicles, drivers and cargo safe and secure is more important than ever this holiday season. The right technology can help you achieve greater security across your entire fleet—automatically.
What if your delivery vans locked themselves, automatically keeping their contents safe?
With drivers rushing to meet narrow delivery windows, vehicles are often left running with keys in the ignition and doors unlocked to save time. With proximity locking, doors lock automatically when the driver exits the vehicle, keeping its contents safe. And when the driver returns, the doors unlock, saving precious seconds on every delivery and boosting driver productivity.
What if you could deter vehicle or cargo theft before it ever happens?
Digital immobilization is a game changer for fleets—it stops vehicle theft before it happens by preventing criminals from moving the vehicle and its cargo altogether. The system will always automatically detect if a vehicle is moving and whether an authorized driver is present. If not, it will prevent theft by digitally immobilizing that vehicle and making quick work of alerting local law enforcement to recover the vehicle within hours rather than weeks.
This is all made possible thanks to the power of keyless vehicle access technology. When physical key fobs are replaced with digital keys, drivers are issued a keycard to unlock and lock the assigned vehicle via proximity, keeping those precious packages safe.
With the help of digital keys and a proximity locking solution, fleets can also:
● Assign or reassign drivers to vehicles and provide instant access from anywhere
● Remotely control who can start a vehicle and the areas they access
● Grant specific access based on roles
Making sure your cargo, vehicles and drivers are safe is important year-round, but especially during the holiday season. When your trucks are filled with packages, and your drivers are working long hours making sure deliveries arrive on time, you don’t have time to worry about theft.
With digital key technology, you can enhance your fleet protection by improving theft deterrence and detection and speeding up recovery if it does occur—and enjoy a more peaceful holiday season knowing your fleet will never get away from you.
Check out this infographic for more information on keyless vehicle access technology and keeping your fleet safe this holiday season.
1 NICB – Vehicle Thefts Continue to Skyrocket
2 Insurance Information Institute – Auto Theft Facts & Statistics
3 Consumer Reports
4 BSI & TT Club Cargo Theft Report 2021
5 NICB – Vehicle Thefts Continue to Skyrocket
6 Insurance Information Institute – Auto Theft Facts & Statistics
7 Transparency Market Research – Automotive Digital Key Market
± Winter Holiday Cargo Theft Trends and Security Best Practices 2021