Transport Security, Inc., a leader in providing supply chain security solutions, today announced that the ENFORCER® embedded tracking technology, assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than $1 million of stolen cargo.
Waconia, MN, – Transport Security, Inc., a leader in providing supply chain security solutions, today announced that the ENFORCER® embedded tracking technology, assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than $1 million of stolen cargo.
The operation started on Sunday, October 30, with notification to the Cargo Net operations center of the theft of a load of televisions. CargoNet passed the notification and further intelligence to the California Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP) and acted as liaison between the theft victim and CTIP. The intelligence provided allowed CTIP to carry out targeted surveillance within an industrial area containing 140 potential storage locations. The resulting investigation and search led to the recovery of the stolen televisions as well as stolen property from seven other thefts, including electronics, building materials, household goods, and clothing.
The ENFORCER® Embedded Tracking Technology provided the location of the stolen trailer which led to other areas where stolen cargo was stored.
"This is a great example of the industry supporting law enforcement operations through preplanning, the deployment of technology, and enhanced information sharing," said Sgt. Ken Huerta of CTIP.
"The cooperation between CargoNet and CTIP is a great example of the sort of public-private partnership so critical to effective intelligence-led policing." "A number of parties played a key role in the favorable conclusion to this case, starting with a logistics company with well-planned processes in place and technology from Transport Security, Inc. ENFORCER® ," added Anthony Canale, vice president of operations at CargoNet. "
Both the immediate notification of CargoNet and the actions by CTIP that followed contributed to a successful outcome. It is an excellent case study of the role that planning and preparation play in the effective response to a cargo theft. If no action is taken until after a theft has occurred, the chances of success are slim." The value of the recovery is estimated to be more than $1 million. The case is ongoing pending several arrests. Images of the recovered property are available to the press.
The Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP) is a multi-jurisdictional task force that was created in 1990 to combat the ever-increasing cargo theft problem in Los Angeles County, as well as throughout all of California. The success of the CTIP team has proven that the surveillance and investigative abilities of a multi-jurisdictional team surpass that of a single agency. During 2010, the CTIP team recovered more than $18,492,000 in stolen cargo and recovered stolen vehicles. The team successfully arrested 50 suspects charged with the theft of stolen cargo and/or vehicles. Since the inception of the program, CTIP investigators have recovered more than $237 million in stolen property, more than 5,500 vehicles, and 1,850 cargos and have made more than 1,100 arrests through December 2010.
With $15-30 Billion in annual cargo theft in the United States, cargo crime is a serious problem for business and law enforcement. The loss of just one full truck load can cost a company anywhere from $12,000 to $5 Million. The seriousness of this problem for commerce in the United States has prompted the FBI to form cargo theft task forces in major cities including Memphis, Houston, Newark, New York, San Juan, and Miami. Unit Chief Eric B. Ives, who heads the Major Theft Unit in the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, says “Cargo theft is our number-one priority in Major Theft.”
How Cargo Thieves Operate
Cargo thieves in the United States typically target “over-the-road” trailers with high-value freight, monitoring truck stops, freight yards, and other areas where tractor-trailers frequently are left unattended. Thieves will identify a truck carrying millions of dollars worth of inventory, follow it to a truck stop, seize it and drive away. Visible GPS antennas on trailers or tractors are quickly and easily discarded, rendering this protection measure useless.
Stolen trailers either are emptied quickly of freight, or are parked and placed under counter-surveillance to watch for police response to a tracking signal. Once the thieves are assured the tractor-trailer is not equipped with a hidden tracking device, the vehicle is moved to a designated area nearby. One common technique is for thieves to move the stolen freight into a “clean” trailer as soon as possible via a back-to-back transfer. This operation has been completed for a full 53-foot load of consumer electronics in as little as 30 minutes. Other techniques include driving the entire stolen rig to a final destination (often painting over or peeling off company identification) and using a satellite warehouse in the vicinity of the theft location for storage of stolen property.
Why Covert Cargo Tracking Defeats Criminals
Given that cargo thieves know how to disable GPS antennas on trailers and tractors, and are capable of transferring stolen cargo so quickly to “clean” trailers, manufacturers must turn to other solutions to protect their cargo from theft. A highly effective solution is covert cargo tracking. Covert cargo trackers are small battery-powered devices that use assisted GPS to transmit location data. These trackers are so small that they can be completely concealed from criminal eyes. Assisted GPS technology ensures that the covert trackers can accurately transmit location information, even though they do not have view of the open sky. Even if cargo thieves transfer the load to a different trailer, they will still be caught because the trackers reveal the location of the actual cargo they are stealing.
Real-Life Recoveries Using Covert Cargo Tracking
During a 60-day period in 2006, three separate full truck loads (FTLs)—carrying a combined cargo wholesale value of nearly $5 Million—were stolen and recovered in less than two hours each incident. Covert cargo tracking with FSNtracks led law enforcement directly to the stolen loads where criminals were apprehended and cargo was recovered. Cargo was recovered so quickly, in fact, that each of these deliveries was still made on time.
February 28th, 2007
New Assisted-GPS Covert Tracker Snares Unsuspecting Thieves
Thieves should think twice before hi-jacking a trailer carrying The ENFORCER® Trax 200 new covert cargo trackers. When Orestes Miribal stole a trailer carrying $1.5 million in cigarettes along Interstate 95 in St. Johns County, Georgia, he never imagined he’d get caught 90 minutes later.* He even took the extra precaution of switching the stolen trailer to a different tractor to elude law enforcement recovery efforts. However, what Miribal did not know was that his purloined cargo also included special covert tracking units monitored by The ENFORCER® Tracking Service. Within minutes of the rig’s driver reporting the theft—which occurred during a late night break at a truck stop—the cargo’s shipper began monitoring the current location and direction of the stolen load using ENFORCER® Trax 200 web-based tracking service that provides up-to-the-minute location information. While Miribal and his accomplices were switching the trailer to a different tractor in a remote area along IH-95, Using the latest Assisted-GPS tracking technology embedded in the cigarette cargo itself The ENFORCER® Trax 200 kept an eye on the location of the cargo—significantly narrowing the search area and making it much faster for law officers to find the perpetrator and recover the stolen cargo. In fact, the entire stolen load was recovered so quickly it was still delivered on time to its intended destination.
“This is a good example of technology paying big dividends for us,” saidSheriff David Shoar of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.**
The ENFORCER® Tracking Service is a web-based service that electronically monitors high-value products while they are being delivered to distributors and resellers. The ENFORCER® Trax 200 solution makes driver freight security compliance monitoring and covert cargo tracking affordable by replacing human resources with low cost, portable, electronic tracking devices.
* Facts taken from “Driver takes a break, hijacker takes his truck”, The Times-Union, written by
Dana Treen, published on Wednesday August 9, 2006.
** Quote taken from “Stolen Big Rig, $1.5M worth of Cigarettes Recovered” posted on 6:28 am EDT August 8, 2006 by News4Jax.com.
About Transport Security, Inc.
Transport Security, Inc. has been a leader in providing High Security Solutions for the transportation supply chain for over 25 years. The ENFORCER® Line of Security products include King Pin Locks, Air Cuff® Locks, Rear Door Trailer Locks, C-TPAT Security Seals and the full line of ABLOY® Padlocks. For More Information: