On Thursday night, 20th February a call was received by the authorities after an alleged threat with guns and knives at a French service station occurred. The driver reported being confronted by a gang of migrants whilst parked off the A26, 150 miles from Calais.
The police were called, and the driver was left in a very shaken state. It has been reported that the French authorities must do more to protect truck drivers as migrants up their attempts to break into lorries heading for the UK.
French authorities estimate at least 23,000 migrants were caught trying to enter the UK illegally via trucks from Calais or in the Channel Tunnel last year.
What can be done to prevent stowaway and migrant attacks?
ACSS Advanced Vision CCTV/Telematics is the solution to an effective prevention system for your vehicles. High-quality video transmitted over 3G, remote locking/unlocking of cargo doors all enabling operators total visibility and control on either a Desktop computer or mobile phone.
ACSS has developed an intuitive system that operators can use with ease and clarity. This sophisticated technology can play a part in preventing unnecessary fines and more importantly prevent the worst-case scenario. Having a live view system not only provides evidence but allows you to be in the moment, real-time as incidents are happening or about to unfold. Further benefits of having CCTV monitoring your load areas include being able to view what is being loaded and unloaded and ensuring staff are following correct procedures whilst doing so.
There is a range of solutions that can benefit your business by protecting your vehicles and drivers from unwanted stowaways. Prevent the worst possible scenario happening on your watch, arrange a demo or call back today. To conclude, a few suggestions for implementation and best practice are listed below.
What measures can be implemented?
- Drivers remain vigilant
- Carry out load checks diligently
- Install ‘Remote Locking System’ – Complete Remote Protection
- Install on-board CCTV in cab & load areas, with infrared cameras to monitor the possibility of stowaways