MONTREAL, Que. – In an effort to combat cargo theft – a crime that costs Canadians an estimated $5 billion each year, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and the Association du camionnage du Quebec (ACQ) are teaming up.
With the Programme provincial de declaration de vol de cargaison, the reporting program launched in Quebec by the two organizations, and the Service du renseignment criminel du Quebec (SRCQ) and both of Quebec’s police services, it has become easier to share cargo theft information in the trucking community. Insurers and members of the ACQ can nw report cargo theft online to IBC through an online form. Form there the data will be analyzed and will be shared with law enforecement officers so the recovery of the stolen goods can be traced.
“We are very pleased about this partnership which will help us more actively combat cargo theft. It is essential that these crimes be solved and recorded, and that the criminals be prosecuted. These crimes are very costly and benefit organized crime”, stressed Charles Rabbat, director, investigative services, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, at IBC.
Marc Cadieux, President and General Manager of the Association du camionnage du Québec, added that he thinks this new partenership will motivate more victims to report these crimes.
“The cost related to cargo theft not only affects transport companies, but also society as a whole, which ultimately absorbs the higher merchandise prices incurred by this type of crime,” he said.
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