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Armed Security Guards Riding Shotgun on Delivery Trucks in San Jose

Retired San Jose police officer Darrell Cortez explains why delivery trucks need armed security to ride shotgun.

Trucking companies making deliveries in San Jose have begun hiring armed security guards to ride shotgun to protect drivers and property.

Retired San Jose police officer Darrell Cortez explains why delivery trucks need armed security to ride shotgun. Credit NBC Bay Area News

Delivery drivers in the South Bay are increasingly concerned about becoming targets of robbery. The frequency of these incidents has prompted at least one company, Core Mart, to enlist armed guards to accompany its drivers during deliveries.

When contacted by NBC Bay Area, Core Mart’s parent company declined to provide details on why they have implemented this security measure.

According to San Jose police, there was a slight increase in delivery truck robberies two years ago, but they have not observed a recent surge in such crimes.

Flavio Lopez, who works for another delivery company, expressed his wish for either a guard or additional support to help monitor merchandise, citing incidents he has encountered downtown.

Darrell Cortez, a former San Jose police officer now involved in corporate and retail security, lamented the current societal climate necessitating armed guards to protect merchandise. He emphasized that consumers ultimately bear the cost through increased prices due to stolen goods, underscoring the broader impact of such criminal activity.

Cortez suggested that if one company is employing guards to safeguard drivers and products, others are likely contemplating similar measures to mitigate the risk of theft and ensure safety.

Las empresas de transporte que realizan entregas en San José han comenzado a contratar guardias de seguridad armados para proteger a los conductores y la propiedad.

Los repartidores de South Bay están cada vez más preocupados por convertirse en blanco de robos. La frecuencia de estos incidentes ha llevado a al menos una empresa, Core Mart, a contratar guardias armados para acompañar a sus conductores durante las entregas.

Cuando NBC Bay Area se puso en contacto con ella, la empresa matriz de Core Mart se negó a proporcionar detalles sobre por qué implementaron esta medida de seguridad.

Según la policía de San José, hace dos años hubo un ligero aumento en los robos a camiones de reparto, pero no han observado un aumento reciente de dichos delitos.

Flavio López, que trabaja para otra empresa de reparto, expresó su deseo de contar con un guardia o apoyo adicional para ayudar a monitorear la mercancía, citando incidentes que ha encontrado en el centro.

Darrell Cortez, un ex oficial de policía de San José que ahora participa en la seguridad corporativa y minorista, lamentó el clima social actual que requiere guardias armados para proteger las mercancías. Hizo hincapié en que, en última instancia, los consumidores soportan el costo del aumento de precios debido a los bienes robados, subrayando el impacto más amplio de dicha actividad criminal.

Cortez sugirió que si una empresa emplea guardias para proteger a los conductores y productos, otras probablemente estén contemplando medidas similares para mitigar el riesgo de robo y garantizar la seguridad.

Source: NBC Bay Area News

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