Today's Trucking

Opinion: False promises of security could open a legal challenge

December 4, 2019 James Manson

An increase in cargo theft could lead to more questions about security measures. But truck fleets should be careful about the promises that they make.

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Canadian cargo theft surpasses the U.S.

November 14, 2019 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – In 2018 there were more cargo thefts in Canada than in the entire U.S., with Ontario’s Peel Region being the second-busiest jurisdiction for thieves — trailing only the entire state of California.

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Truckers feeling insecure when it comes to cargo theft: poll

September 19, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Fleets and drivers are expected to watch over the cargo in their care, but about two-thirds (69%) of those surveyed by Today’s Trucking do not feel their loads are completely secure against cargo theft.


Mob Rule: Italian mafia leading source of cargo theft

June 18, 2018 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Todd Moore was playing hockey in Hamilton, Ont., when some guys came forward with 10 cases of Moosehead beer that had “fallen off a truck”. He knew exactly where it had come from, though. Everyone knew. The theft of two loads of beer in New Brunswick had been all over the news, complete with jokes about Moose being on the loose.

It was no joke to the career police officer, now president of Canadian Armed Robbery Training Associates.

All too many people turn a blind eye to the cost of cargo thefts, he said during a presentation to the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. Contractors might see a cheap load of lumber as a way to cut costs, just like a chef who’s offered a deal on a load of beef that’s too good to be true. “People don’t see the significance. They say it’s ‘insurance’,” he admitted. “But everybody is paying.”


Cargo thefts down in Q2

July 31, 2017 by elizabeth

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The value of cargo thefts across the U.S. and Canada were down by nearly US $18 million dollars in the second quarter of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

Cargonet recorded 296 incidents of cargo theft, trucking vehicle theft, fraud, and other types of theft totaling US $17.2 million, down from US $35.1 million in the second quarter of 2016 when 375 incidents were reported.


Toronto luncheon to discuss cargo theft, fraud

February 7, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Trucking Association is giving people the chance to take a bite out of crime while enjoying an afternoon bite.


California sees 40% jump in cargo thefts for Q3: report

November 9, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

AUSTIN, TX – Two new reports paint slightly different pictures of cargo theft, but there is no doubt the problem continues, especially in certain parts of the U.S., and for specific types of freight.


Quebec fleet offers $10K reward for stolen syrup cargo

August 18, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

STE-MARTINE, QC – Quebec-based Mexuscan Cargo is offering a sweet cash reward for the return of a 13,000-litre batch of maple syrup stolen last week from a holding facility in Montreal.

Police report that cargo thieves broke into the storage yard, broke the trailer lock, then used a transport truck to haul away the container trailer that held $150,000 worth of syrup, one of the more expensive commodities in the world.


Cargo thefts drop 15% in Q2: CargoNet

August 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

JERSEY CITY, NJ – CargoNet’s command centre for theft reduction and prevention logged 192 incidents of cargo theft worth an estimated $39 million in the second quarter of 2016.

The centre’s cargo theft stat total is down 15% over the same period in 2015.

In all, CargoNet announced that it had 297 reports of cargo theft, identity theft, vehicle theft, and other criminal intelligence matters relating to the U.S.-Canada supply chain for the second quarter.

About $3.81 million in food and beverage items represented the most stolen cargo in the second quarter, though losses in the category dropped 17% over 2015.


Cdn cargo theft numbers tough to pull, says investigator

July 27, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

KELOWNA, BC – Understanding the true scope of cargo theft is one of the real challenges facing the trucking industry, with access to fulsome data representing just one of the uphill battles for a crime that has ballooned into a $5-billion per year nightmare for trucking, explained Dan Service, director of investigative services for the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Western and Pacific Region.


RCMP investigating theft of East Coast lobster load

July 4, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

GRANDE-ANSE, NB – While other folks celebrated Canada Day evening with fireworks, the national holiday became an opportunity for one thief to steal a trailer load of New Brunswick lobsters, says the Caraquet RCMP.


What fleets can learn from banks when it comes to theft

June 17, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

KING CITY, ON – Bank robberies practically have their own movie genre. But cargo thefts? Apart from the odd mafia flashback, it’s a crime unlikely to hit the silver screen anytime soon. At the Private Motor Truck Council’s 2016 conference Thursday, Peel Regional Police Const. Chris Bertrand highlighted some of local law enforcement’s efforts to thwart cargo theft, while at the same time painting a picture around public perceptions of bank robberies vs. cargo theft.


Cargo thieves nuts about nuts: report

May 25, 2016 by John Smith

AUSTIN, TX — The upcoming harvest season for one particular type of food is expected to get increased attention again from cargo thieves following big jumps in stealing the previous two years.

Nuts have become a sought after commodity for organized cargo thefts because of their high value density per truckload and typically low security protocols, according to a new report by the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International

“Since the harvest season for most commercially grown nuts is from August to September, it stands to reason that the third quarter of each year tends to record the most nuts thefts, as was the case in 2014 and 2015,” the report says.


‘Tis the Season for Cargo Thefts, How You Can Prevent Them

December 21, 2015 by sehui

AUSTIN, TX and JERSEY CITY, NJ — Don’t let stolen freight ruin your holiday. This year, both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day occur on a Friday, creating two separate three-day weekends, leaving more opportunity for shipments to be left unattended or parked in unsecured locations for extended periods of time.


Truck Cargo Theft Reporting Program Expands

December 9, 2015 by sehui

EDMONTON, AB – A truck cargo theft reporting program that has reportedly been highly successful in Eastern Canada is expanding to four western provinces.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), along with law enforcement and provincial trucking associations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“Cargo theft is a serious crime. It is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars and can be dangerous,” said Bill Adams, a vice-president with IBC, which represents private insurance companies. “The cargo theft initiative brings together the many different parts of the transportation system to help curb this type of criminal activity, protect people in our communities and save Canadians money.”