DETECTIVE BUREAU: TRUCKING SAFETY TIPS

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DETECTIVE BUREAU: TRUCKING SAFETY TIPS

Post by Sheriff's Information Bureau » April 17th, 2018, 9:26 am

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  • DETECTIVE BUREAU: TRUCKING SAFETY TIPS

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    In San Andreas, commercial drivers (often referred to as 'truckers') are a traditional target for robberies, especially in rural/isolated areas of the state. Truckers must go to designated locations along common routes to collect and deliver their cargo. Criminals watch these locations and routes for truckers who appear to be vulnerable, then attempt to rob the truckers. These criminals are often armed and tend to work in groups to try and maintain an advantage over their victims and any responding law enforcement personnel.

    The Los Santos County Sheriff's Department Detective Bureau frequently responds to reports of robberies committed against commercial drivers. Detectives have written a series of tips that can help you be alert and safer while collecting, transporting & delivering your cargo.
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    1. Try to truck with a partner if at all possible. Criminals tend to target lone truckers.
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    2. Establish a network of trusted fellow drivers. These drivers can assist you if necessary.
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    3. Be aware of your surroundings. While collecting, transporting & delivering your cargo, make sure that you pay attention to what is around you. Be alert for suspicious individuals and vehicles. Report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
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    4. Keep an eye out for people following you. Criminals often follow the target until they reach an ideal location to commit the robbery. If you observe someone following you for an extended amount of time, try to take a few turns and see if they still follow you. If you believe that they are actually following you and you fear for your safety, contact 911. Advise the dispatcher of your location, the description of the person/vehicle following you and tag number if you can see it. If you are being followed, avoid stopping if possible because the suspect is likely to commit the crime if you stop. Instead, keep moving (try to adhere to road laws unless violating them is absolutely necessary for your own safety, such as if the suspect attempts to attack you) until you reach a law enforcement center, a public area with witnesses or law enforcement personnel. If law enforcement are attempting to conduct a traffic stop, they should be using emergency lights and may also use sirens. They are not required to tell you to pull over using a megaphone or verbally. Be alert for criminals impersonating law enforcement without the proper equipment. If you are unsure of whether an individual following you is a law enforcement officer, contact 911 for verification.
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    5. Purchase a radio and keep tuned to an established trucker frequency. Radios can be purchased from stores like 24/7 shops. These radios can be used to communicate with other trusted truckers. If you feel that suspicious activity is occurring, you can report this behavior over the radio to other truckers who can arrange for assistance if needed.
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    6. Consider legal self-defense options. It may be wise to carry a self-defense tool on your person or in your vehicle, within the limits of the law. Refer to the current San Andreas Penal Code and Los Santos Police Department Firearms Licensing Division regarding specific laws and policies for personal defense weapons. Become trained in unarmed self-defense options as well.
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    7. While self-defense is your right under the law, do not place yourself in more danger than is necessary. If you are being actively robbed, consider whether it will be safer for you to cooperate with the criminal or to attempt to defend yourself. Sometimes it is actually more effective to play along and then report the incident afterward. Self-defense is often very risky and should only be attempted when you feel it is absolutely necessary. Contact law enforcement for assistance at the soonest reasonable opportunity. If you have to defend yourself with force, be prepared to explain that situation to responding law enforcement, who will probably be very cautious and alert. You may even temporarily be taken into custody while law enforcement investigate the circumstances of the situation and determine if your actions were proper. Comply with responding law enforcement to the extent possible.
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    8. Always try to remember detailed descriptions, names, nicknames, vehicle models, vehicle colors and tag numbers of suspects if possible. If the suspect is armed, you will probably be asked what type of weapon they utilized. Detail exactly what was stolen. When the suspect leaves, try to remember what direction they were going. All of this information can assist law enforcement in following up on your report.
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    It is our hope that these tips will help you keep you safe on the road. We cannot guarantee that you will be completely safe from attacks by criminals while trucking but following these tips will make the process more difficult for the potential criminal.


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    For Information, Contact:

    Captain Amanda Morales, Commanding Officer
    Los Santos County Sheriff's Department Detective Bureau
    (808)121-5929 — [email protected]
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