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- Arrive fully fueled and plan to drive at least 200 miles before stopping
- Always use a high security padlock on trailers
- Stay with the truck at all times where feasible and avoid extended time away from truck and trailer
- Loads moving with team drivers must have one driver in truck with the load at all times
- Park load up against a wall or other stationary object. If away from the truck and trailer for more than 15 minutes, disconnect from trailer and park truck in front of trailer, secure trailer with high security king pin lock and tractor with air cuff lock.
- Only stop at approved rest stops and truck stops, secured lots should be used when available
- High value loads should not be taken to residential areas or drivers homes
- Check trailer doors for tampering of seals and padlock before departing location where stops where made.
- Immediately report any load issues, seal breakages, missing seals and loss of load
- Immediately report any suspicious behavior such as being followed by vehicle, loitering behind or around trailer.
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Monday, August 19, 2013
In 2012 it's estimated that there was an average of two and a half reported cargo thefts each day in the U.S. and although the number of thefts have declined in 2013, the monetary loss has grown higher. Original Article tags:cargo theft,cargo security,covertgps,trailersecurity,trailer theft,,cargo,freight security,king pin locks,air cuff locks,trailer locks,container locks,container security,facility securityPowered by InsuranceJournal.tv
Monday, August 12, 2013
| Fleet Owner
A range of new cargo theft tactics are being deployed to help thieves take better “control” and thus mitigate the risks of the crimes they are trying to commit, according to experts with insurance provider Travelers.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Holiday weekends are notorious for showing increased cargo theft risks for transportation companies, shippers and manufacturers, according to logistics security services provider FreightWatch International. It warns organized theft rings are active and understand holiday weekends mean more loads are left unattended for extended periods of time.
For instance, last year $2.5 million worth of cell phones and perfume were stolen in Miami, Fla. Two years ago a full truckload of pharmaceuticals was stolen from a truckstop in Troy, Ill.
This year, with the Fourth of July landing on a Thursday, many companies will be off on Friday as well, extending this holiday to a four-day weekend.
The new HOS regulations that went into effect Monday could make things worse, says John Simms, vice president and transportation risk advisor with HNI. "It's a field day for cargo thieves," he told attendees at last week's Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, Ill. "We're going to make hours of service changes in the week that's the toughest operating week of the year with a holiday that's almost as important to a driver as Christmas. You're going to see people parking in places they shouldn't be with the new break rules."
Those places are likely to be less secure and easier targets for cargo thieves, he said -- especially if drivers are caught out of hours close enough to home for their spouse to come pick them up and take them home for the weekens.
Over the past three years, the Fourth of July weekend has seen an average of 5.5 thefts per day, more than double the annual average of 2.6 per day for the same time period.
FreightWatch recommends that logistics and security professionals ensure security protocols are up to date and in line with industry best practices for both in transit and warehouse operations. Both will be heavily targeted over the weekend.
Monday, July 01, 2013
Cargo theft increases during holiday weekends. Use these protocols to ensure you cargo and products stay secure this Independence Day Weekend. Holiday Weekend Security Protocols Staging Ensure that secure lots used are truly secure and offer services that will prevent theft or unauthorized access. An extra secure compound should be provided for...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By Shimon Prokupecz and Jonathan Dienst
The FBI is investigating the theft of $1.2 million in $100 bills from the cargo area of a flight out of Switzerland that landed at Kennedy Airport, NBC 4 New York has learned.
The Port Authority is also investigating the theft from the Swiss International Air Lines flight.
A law enforcement official says $48 million was being transported from Zurich on a flight that arrived Saturday.
The cash was headed to a Federal Reserve facility in New Jersey, and the missing $1.2 million was detected when the Fed was processing the cash.
Authorities then found a hole in the cargo area where the $48 million was transported.
Friday, May 31, 2013
TAMPA (FOX 13) -
It takes just a few minutes, and crooks can drive off with stolen cargo and then sell it on the black market. It's happening at truck stops all over the nation with the estimated loss at $30-billion a year.
Florida is a prime target, consistently ranking at the top of the list behind only California and Texas. That's why the state's Cargo Theft Task Force was formed.
Detective Erik Dice, who works for the Marion County Sheriff's Office, is heavily involved in patrolling Interstate 75 looking for stolen merchandise.
"You could get anywhere from a few thousand dollars to a few million dollars," said Dice.
Crooks are looking for an unattended trailer loaded with merchandise -- anything they can steal and sell.
"We've had loads of water, sugar, toilet paper, tobacco products, pharmaceuticals," offered Lt. William Jackson with the Florida Highway Patrol.
FHP is the lead agency on Florida's task force.
"It's organized crime and it's a business," continued Jackson. "They like the I-4 corridor. That's a very target-rich environment and the reason it is that you have a lot of distributors and big warehouses in that area."
That's why the task force is patrolling truck stops along I-4 and I-75, to catch thieves and educate drivers to protect their loads.
"It doesn't say 'stolen' on the side; it's not obvious so you have to look at the details," added Dice.
Who pays for this in the end? We all do, says Detective Dice.
"The cost of goods, everything has to be paid for somewhere. A company is in business to make money and if they lose a $100,000 load, they have to make it back. Which means it will come back to the customer."
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Christine Souza
Butte County Sheriff’s Detective Matt Calkins, right, talks with farmer Ryan Schohr of Gridley following a meeting in Chico aimed at reducing large-scale thefts of nuts and other agricultural cargo.
Detectives call it a "fictitious pickup," and it's becoming more of a concern for people in the nut business: An entire truckload of processed nuts is picked up by a trucking company that has been secured through a broker—but the nuts never reach the end buyer.
With the nut harvest just a few months away, farmers and employees responsible for cargo shipments gathered in Chico last week at a meeting organized by the Butte County Sheriff's Department and the Butte County Farm Bureau. There, they learned how to improve shipping procedures to avoid being victimized by cargo theft.
"The FBI estimates that cargo theft nationwide is an anywhere from $15 billion to $30 billion a year industry, so we're talking significant losses of every different type and it is not just agricultural," Butte County Sheriff's Detective Matt Calkins said. "For the type of cargo theft that we investigated, there's no doubt about it: It's organized crime."
Butte County sheriff's detectives described their investigation of the theft early this year of a truckload of $200,000 worth of processed walnuts from a Biggs nut company. The company told detectives the walnuts were picked up by a trucking company that had been secured through a broker, but the nuts were never delivered to the buyer.
"What was happening in our case and in several cases throughout the North State is logistics companies—people posing as trucking companies—would fill out fraudulent paperwork," Butte County Sheriff's Detective Pat McNelis said. "The people answering the phones are criminals. They pretend to be a normal business, talk to the broker and everything appears normal. They are then dispatched, and will pick up a load, whether it is almonds, alcohol or electronics. Once they pick up the load, they turn off the phones, and the truck and the load disappear."
After detectives learned more about the Biggs case and other area thefts, they said they realized these were not ordinary thefts. Numerous loads of different types of processed and unprocessed nuts were reported stolen last year from throughout the state's growing and processing regions.
"They doctor up insurance paperwork and company paperwork, and most of the time they steal the identity of a legitimate trucking company and pose as that trucking company when they come to pick up the load. So it is difficult to know that they are supplying fraudulent information when they come pick up a load," Calkins said.
The investigation led detectives to Southern California, where in March, search warrants were served and evidence was seized. Detectives described the Biggs theft as one of several allegedly committed by the same group of people. The investigation continues.
Farther south in Tulare County, detectives investigated a theft in April of a truckload of 40,000 pounds of pistachios worth an estimated $189,000. Information led detectives to a farmers market in Los Angeles, where six pallets of the pistachios were recovered and six people arrested.
Last fall, a Tehama County sheriff's detective reported that at least two Northern California walnut companies were victimized by thefts of truckloads of walnuts—valued at several hundred thousand dollars—from contracted freight carriers presenting proper credentials.
"The best way to prevent this type of crime is take an ink pad and when the driver comes in and gets his paperwork, ask the driver to give you a thumbprint or two thumbprints and place their thumbprint on the paperwork," McNelis said. "If the driver is not willing to do that or give you that information, there's a good chance that something is wrong. The thumbprint is highly recommended, because it will at least give you some way to identify them in the future."
Detectives provided the following warning signs when a truck comes to pick up a load: temporary name placards or ID numbers on the truck; poorly maintained equipment; abrupt changes in the date and time of the pickup; refusal of the driver to give ID or thumbprint; and lack of a GPS tracking system on the truck.
They also encouraged people to report all suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Cargo thefts have commanded the attention of nut growers and processors around the state.
"These issues seem to be growing in terms of the number of occurrences, so I think the idea is we all need to become more aware of what we can do to protect ourselves," said Kiran Black, marketing manager of Sacramento Valley Walnut Growers in Yuba City.
Bill Carriere, president of Carriere Family Farms in Glenn, a producer, processor, buyer and marketer of walnuts, said he is implementing a companywide security plan, from installing fences and gates to knowing his truck drivers.
"We've haven't had too many issues, including things that have been stolen from an orchard. And we don't use truck brokers. We have stuck with one specific company," Carriere said.
Carriere added that his company copies driver's licenses and takes photos of all of the truck drivers.
In Hughson, Raquel Andrade, quality assurance manager for Hughson Nut Co., said the company experienced theft of two truckloads of almonds last year, valued at $189,000. As a result, the company enhanced its security.
"After the incidents, we upgraded our security and surveillance system with a better-quality picture. We were already getting truck and trailer licenses, but after the incident we started to get copies of driver's licenses," Andrade said.
(Christine Souza is an assistant editor of Ag Alert. She may be contacted at email@example.com.)
Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
STOCKTON (CBS13) – An unusual theft ring is targeting freight yards, but they aren’t stealing the cargo — just the containers.
The containers are worth more than $100,000 when filled, but the people stealing them are doing so when they’re empty, but they’re still making a lot of money.
Ernie Castro with Logistics Terminals, near Stockton, says the empty containers semi-trucks pull cost $25,000.
“This year we’ve had six units taken from us. It started in January and ended in March,” he said.
The thefts are part of a ring California Highway Patrol says stretches from the valley to the East Bay.
Crooks drive onto the property of cargo storage places, attach a container to a truck and drive away. Then, they strip off the decals and re-paint the containers.
“They resell them to farmers. Farmers buy them and put their tractors in them, their equipment inside of them,” said Castro.
CHP detained several people and recovered hundreds of thousand of dollars worth of equipment in a raid near Lodi last week.
Castro says police found one of his containers recently on a farm, but the chassis it sits on was never recovered.
“The chassis, they are not reusable. They can’t sell them, so they end up cutting them up and scrapping them,” he said.
Castro says they’ve added more cameras, more security and informed staff to keep an eye out to prevent more theft of the very expensive containers.
CHP hasn’t released the names of anyone they detained because their investigation is ongoing.
Friday, April 19, 2013
LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Hijacking big trucks and their valuable cargo is a problem you may not have heard much about.
But it was big enough for the state of Kentucky to take legislative action because it had an impact on the city's largest employer.
"This bill has many names but what we are talking about is piracy," says the secretary for the Kentucky Justice Cabinet, J. Michael Brown.
Brown was describing what has been the growing problem of criminals stealing trucks for their valuable cargo.
The thieves have mostly been targeting shipments of expensive pharmaceuticals and high tech products like cell phones and laptops.
"A new breed of criminals has been targeting trucks, hijacking them and stealing the cargo," says Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in Louisville to take part in a ceremonial signing of House Bill 161, known as the Cargo Security Bill.
The hijackings are a problem Louisville's largest employer, UPS wants law enforcement agencies to do something about.
"Here in Kentucky there is organized theft groups," says Steve Hamm who is in charge of security for UPS Supply Chain which warehouses and ships products for many companies. "What we want to do is make Kentucky a safe haven for our customers and employees."
UPS worked with state lawmakers to get legislation passed that would increase the penalties for stolen cargo.
"It gives Kentucky law enforcement authorities a stronger tool to target these crimes" says Beshear.
The new legislation was sponsored by Kentucky State Representative Denny Butler who says the new law is good for UPS, Louisville's largest employer.
"Our community and the Commonwealth are poised to become a national leader in cargo shipping, hauling and logistics," says Butler, "House Bill 161 will help protect the industry."
Wednesday afternoon news conference took place at the UPS Supply Chain Solutions complex in South Louisville on the Outer Loop.
It is a series of giant warehouses where UPS ships products stored here from other companies to all over the world through the UPS Worldport.
Under the new law, maximum penalties for people convicted of truck theft jump from the current five years in prison to up to 20 years.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Police bust tractor-trailer theft ring: $1.5 million in goods stolen in Quebec, Ontario Six arrested; goods ranged from energy drinks to electronics and frozen crab
By Anne Sutherland, THE GAZETTE MONTREAL — Six people were arrested on Tuesday and four search warrants carried out to break up a stolen goods ring selling out of warehouses in Montreal. Four males and two females age 20 to 47 were picked up. Their names have not been released. The thefts were of tractor trailers full of goods as diverse as energy drinks, frozen crab, milk cartons, electronics and furniture. The first theft took place in Oct. 2012 from a parking lot...
Friday, April 12, 2013
Transport Security, Inc. headquartered in Waconia, MN, introduces the patent-pending ENFORCER® Seal Guard Lock #5900 hasp and trailer seal protector to the transportation and supply chain industries.
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