Illinois State Police recently issued a warning to truck drivers following an uptick in cargo theft at two rest area locations.
On July 26, Illinois troopers posted a “Cargo Theft Alert” for two rest areas — the Lincoln Oasis and Hinsdale Oasis — near Chicago. Troopers say that they are increasing patrols in the area but warn truckers to be alert.
Please see the full alert below.
** ILLINOIS STATE POLICE CARGO THEFT ALERT**
There has been an increase of cargo thefts to Commercial Vehicles along the southern Tri-State at the Lincoln Oasis and Hinsdale Oasis. All vehicles and trailers should not be left unattended for extended periods while stopping at these locations, especially during the overnight hours.
Truck drivers need to be extra cautious when parking at any Oasis due to an increase of cargo thefts to unsecured trailers doors.
Driver should take these necessary precautions (especially during overnight hours):
✅Utilize padlocks and other safety measures to prevent easy access to trailers.
❌Do not leave trailers unattended for extended periods.
✅Do a visual check and walk around of your vehicle/trailer frequently.
✅Call 911 if you see any unusual activity or offloading.
The Illinois State Police is taking preventative measures to prevent, locate, and apprehend criminals at the Oasis facilities.
The Illinois State Police will also be upgrading lighting and security, including but not limited to, extra patrols.
In February 2020, Illinois authorities issued a warning about a theft ring targeting truckers at the eastbound and westbound Three Rivers Rest Area on I-80 near Minooka.