What Are A Truck Driver's Best Defense Against Possible Criminal Acts Against Them While On Duty?

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Jonathan Bailey's Comment
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Here is an interesting link I found...

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking/2010/03/04/crime-against-truckers

I would like some input here too, please.

I am a firm American believer in the 2nd A and gun rights. I hate the gun-grabbing left.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I thoroughly believe common sense is your best defense. I do not park in random strange areas.

Jonathan Bailey's Comment
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I thoroughly believe common sense is your best defense. I do not park in random strange areas.

Good point. I think parking in an area with good lighting might also be prudent. Parking at a rest area might not be so secure as parking at a large, busy truck stop. I hope the sleeper doors can be locked very securely from the inside. Electronic security systems with alarms on rigs might be nice. I think a concealed gun might also make a nice last resort countermeasure. Certain types of high value cargo might be more prone to crime than others. I have heard trucks loaded with pharm products are high risk for robbery. Trucks loaded with just farmed products, like beets and corn, however, might be less attractive to robbers.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Hate is such a strong word! As a left leaning gun owner I have never been in a situation the warranted use of a gun while working. Just like everyday life I avoid areas and people that may be dangerous.

Having a gun for protection is one thing, having a gun to protect you from fear of the unknown is something entirely different. I am certainly more fearful of a drunk driver that had no intentions of killing me than some random person wanting me dead or bodily injured.

Jonathan Bailey's Comment
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Hate is such a strong word! As a left leaning gun owner I have never been in a situation the warranted use of a gun while working. Just like everyday life I avoid areas and people that may be dangerous.

Having a gun for protection is one thing, having a gun to protect you from fear of the unknown is something entirely different. I am certainly more fearful of a drunk driver that had no intentions of killing me than some random person wanting me dead or bodily injured.

I believe as a law-abiding American citizen I should be able have a gun just because the American Constitution says I can. I can't stand all these cowardly companies' anti-gun policies and the anti-gun laws of some states and the fed. govt. I voted for President Donald Trump and the GOP in Congress hoping more pro-gun legislation would be enacted. The truck driver faces the most (no, I should say ALL the) serious dangers on the road. Not these anti-gun buffoons in a leather executive chair.

Pianoman's Comment
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Not another 2nd amendment thread!!

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Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Jonathan Bailey's Comment
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Hate is such a strong word! As a left leaning gun owner I have never been in a situation the warranted use of a gun while working. Just like everyday life I avoid areas and people that may be dangerous.

Having a gun for protection is one thing, having a gun to protect you from fear of the unknown is something entirely different. I am certainly more fearful of a drunk driver that had no intentions of killing me than some random person wanting me dead or bodily injured.

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I believe as a law-abiding American citizen I should be able have a gun just because the American Constitution says I can. I can't stand all these cowardly companies' anti-gun policies and the anti-gun laws of some states and the fed. govt. I voted for President Donald Trump and the GOP in Congress hoping more pro-gun legislation would be enacted. The truck driver faces the most (no, I should say ALL the) serious dangers on the road. Not these anti-gun buffoons in a leather executive chair.

The fact is truck drivers are subject to being victims of violent crime or the the threat of violent crime much more than a private motorist's in a car traveling across the nation.

Perhaps more so with certain types of loads. There is no unknown mystery about that, sir.

I don't carry much cash on my person any more. It is mostly plastic.

Jonathan Bailey's Comment
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Not another 2nd amendment thread!!

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I didn't know there was more than one 2nd A thread.

My main concern here is not being killed or hurt by bad people with ill intentions.

Trucks may have cargo that attracts evil men.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brian M.'s Comment
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I was a medic in the Army during Desert Storm does that count! My wife was also a victim of sexual assault. Please spare talking down to me.

I have 400,000 miles on my freightliner and not once have needed my sig. On the other hand I can remember dozens of times I had to avoid a drunk.

You pull up three gun related stories in the trucking industry and this should make me run and get my gun ha! How many other shootings happened at malls in the same period of time, or a convenience store.

You also do realize a republican Supreme Court gave companies the same rights as private citizens. Which means they have there right to private property laws. If your neighbor didn't want guns on his property would you do it anyways.

Just because it's your right to own a gun it doesn't give you the right to preach to me or anyone else on this forum. The right to own a gun doesn't mean there shouldn't be rules of ownership.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Vendingdude's Comment
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In four years of driving you've encountered "dozens of drunks"? Where the heck are your runs?

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