IBC hosts "Red Flags at the Roadside II" seminar to help fight cargo crime
DIEPPE, NB, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Cargo theft is rising in Canada,
costing Canadians more than $5 billion a year. Insurance Bureau of
Canada (IBC) and PATNET (Provincial Auto Theft Network) are working to
fight cargo crime by hosting Red Flags at the Roadside II today in Dieppe. This year's annual training session focuses on cargo
theft prevention and investigation.
"Cargo theft is much more than an insurance problem. It's a dangerous,
expensive, global threat that puts individuals, communities and
businesses at risk. The insurance industry and law enforcement are
committed to working together to fight cargo crime to stay ahead of
these crime rings," says Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC.
Cargo theft has become a widespread and major challenge in Canada's $65
billion trucking industry. FreightWatch International, a logistical
security service which works to reduce cargo crime, recorded that theft
incidents in Canada rose 18% between 2011 and 2012. Canadian cargo
thefts are typically centred around metropolitan areas. Peel Region in
Ontario is considered the cargo theft capital of North America.
Although Canadian data is sparse due to limited centralized recording,
the United States had a record number of cargo theft activity last
year, with 946 incidents according to FreightWatch International. This
year FreightWatch has already recorded 176 cargo theft incidents in the
U.S.A. The average loss per incident was $120,990.
"Cargo theft is a big problem in the trucking industry and we need to
continue to educate drivers and carriers on good practices. We also
need to work closely with the authorities on ways in which we can help
each other to fight cargo theft," says Jean-Marc Picard, Executive
Director, Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association.
"Support from IBC as well as local sponsors has made this three part red
flags workshop series possible and gives greater credibility to the NB
PATNET," says Constable Keith Copeland, Saint John Police Force. He
goes on to explain that front line police officers from across the
Maritimes attend these workshops to learn from NB PATNET members how to
recognize the red flags that could alert them to a potentially stolen
vehicle or stolen cargo. The red flags that they spot are often the
first indicators of what could become a complex investigation. "The
red flags series provides patrol officers with knowledge, skills &
abilities they can use every day on the streets of our towns and
cities," he adds.
Corporal Paula Hanson of the Woodstock Police Force, who has
investigated rashes of cargo thefts in New Brunswick, agrees with the
value of the workshop series. "Cargo theft is a multi-billion dollar
industry in Canada and the United States," she says. "It is an
enticing venture for criminals. Cargo theft is dominated by organized
crime; and, a thriving black market keeps sophisticated and networked
thieves in business."
"The Red Flags at the Roadside seminar is an excellent opportunity for
law enforcement officers and security officials to share information
and intelligence and learn from each other on how to combat this
crime," says Guy Ouellette, Auto Theft Investigator, Atlantic with IBC.
"To successfully fight cargo and heavy equipment theft, there is a need
for all parties involved to work together as a cohesive unit. No one
can do it alone."
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
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representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent approximately 90% of the private property
and casualty insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry
employs 118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the
federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium
base of $46 billion.
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