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Security Experts: Cargo Thieves Are Operating Behind Desks

Security Experts: Cargo Thieves Are Operating Behind Desks

Greater Toronto Area has gained popularity as the “shopping triangle” in the security circles, especially because of the cargo thieves, who continue to cause trouble for the Canadian trucking industry. They managed to wreak havoc by stealing $5 billion worth of goods last year, snapping up things including electronics and metals.

According to the reports by Insurance Bureau of Canada, insurance claims by the trucking companies have nearly doubled up in the past year, and have reached a monumental figure of 400 in the South Ontario area, where the cargo theft crisis is escalating day by day. Shopping triangle is Canada’s most targeted geographical region for cargo theft. It is not only favored by the organized crime groups but is also on the watch list of security experts like Ron Hartman, who is collaborating with the trucking industry giants to work though the problems regarding stolen goodies, and to devise and implement preventive measures and possible solutions.

Hartman spoke at a seminar, hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, on Wednesday, and said in his speech, “We all know it’s a lot easier to prevent a crime than solve it. You must think like a criminal.” Hartman, who is the director of security solutions for AFIMAC Global, is an expert in cargo theft prevention. Hartman explained that although some criminals favor the old-school ways of stealing goods, extracting goods by using technology has allowed criminals to operate from behind desks. Criminals, who have necessary expertise of online theft, can access information and applications, which enable them to infiltrate the system, all the while staying out of plain sight.

This allows them to access knowledge about precious cargo easily and effectively. Another cargo theft phenomenon, which has caused problems for the authorities, is fraudulent pickups. Essentially, a fake truck company is set-up online and then it is used to prey upon the shippers, who are negligent in doing their homework when choosing a company for transportation and delivery services. Most of the clients targeted by these fictitious companies are those who fail to screen and verify data involving the moving corporations and unknowingly engage in deals with criminals.

Hartman explained this phenomenon by saying, “That load gets picked up and never delivered.” He further said, “For those with an untrained eye, it looks like the normal course of business.” According to the security experts, cargo theft is high rewarding, low risk, and low penalty. This is what has made this business so pervasive. Several experts estimate that the theft cargo crimes are, most of the times, not reported at all. Almost 60% of all these crimes go unnoticed or unreported, because the owners are afraid of increased insurance premiums and tainted corporate image.

Most of the well known companies hesitate to report a crime at all, because they don’t like to admit that they are a victim of such a heinous crime. According to Hartman, most of these criminals secure the products and goods and then distribute them into smaller shipments and quantities by repackaging and selling them. When the experts were asked that what goods get stolen more, their answer was everything and anything. Canadian cargo heists involved t-shirts, as well as silver. However, there has been a recent rise in the theft regarding metal and electronic objects, which incorporates at least 18% of overall cargo thefts. – See more at:

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