A guide for drivers to raise awareness of cargo crime and offer advice on protection has been produced by CV security specialist Maple.

The free Drivers’ Cargo and Road Transport security guide covers terrorism, the importance of secure parking, deception and theft from moving vehicles.

Maple said the timing of its release was pertinent as there are “very real concerns” about a spike in cargo crime as the industry navigates a post-lockdown environment, while Europol has also warned of a pending wave of irregular migration.

Written in collaboration with partners including the RHA, DHL and Royal Sun Alliance, the guide is a follow-up to 2017’s publication for transport and loss prevention professionals.

Chrys Rampley, RHA security forum secretary said: “This guide has been produced to provide an overview of the varying threats professional drivers might be exposed to; to help determine the level of risk and offer advice on how drivers can protect themselves, their vehicle and trailer and the cargo being carried.

“Cargo crime is a wide and varying subject; in common with other criminal activity, security threats are ever evolving and it is important that collectively we acknowledge this threat and are aware of best practice to minimise this risk.”

Maple’s technical director Alan Maple said: “Cargo crime is a vast and ever-changing subject, yet from a driver's perspective it is one that often gets overlooked and afforded little priority.”

The guide can be downloaded via the smartphone app Motorway Buddy or by visiting: