CTA, CargoNet join forces to fight cargo theft in Canada

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has announced it will be joining forces with CargoNet to help motor carriers introduce an additional layer of security aimed at reducing their vulnerability to cargo crime.

New Jersey-based CargoNet, a division of Verisk Crime Analytics, features a national database, 24/7 theft alert system, task force and investigations support, driver education and awareness training and a tractor-trailer theft deterrence program.

“By joining forces with CargoNet, which is already working with carriers and police departments in the United States, we are able to provide a secure mechanism that will assist the Canadian trucking industry and police in better addressing many of the issues and recommendations identified in CTA’s report on cargo crime released a little over a year ago,” said CTA CEO David Bradley.

“CTA must be commended for its ability to work with its members as well as insurers and police agencies across Canada to study the growing problem of cargo theft and take steps towards addressing the problem,” said David Shillingford, president of Verisk Crime Analytics. “We are excited to be able to support CTA and the industry in the implementation of one of the major recommendations of the study – secure data collection and sharing between cargo theft victims and law enforcement.”

To facilitate the CargoNet launch in Canada, a group of CTA member carriers from across Canada are joining the CargoNet program. CTA will retain a seat on CargoNet Canada’s advisory board.

“Cargo crimes, affect the entire supply chain, from shippers, to insurers, to carriers, their employees and ultimately the end customer,” says Bradley. “The trucking industry is leading the charge to combat cargo crime, but we need to work with and convince members of the enforcement community, governments and the Canadian judicial system that cargo crime, which is increasingly orchestrated by sophisticated organized crime syndicates, is a serious issue that is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars.”

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