Food /beverages were the most popular stolen product in 2012, topping other high risk and sought after products such as pharmaceuticals and electronics. According to CargoNet’s Vice President of Operations Keith Lewis, “Though pharmaceuticals and electronics are the most expensive items cargo thieves target, food and beverage cargo is also popular because this product is often not secured as well as bigger ticket items.” 1
Over the years, we have seen changes in the type of commodity targeted by thieves. Electronics, once the largest product theft “accounting for nearly 1 out of 3 in 2007,” has been drastically dropping, resulting in 17% of thefts in 2011 and 12% in 2012. 2
According to Industry Market Trends, one of the reasons for this product change is the increasing amount of multi-trailer thefts. As Lewis explains, “There are different types of crime rings that tie into the different types of commodities that are stolen…and are likely to blame for high value cargo theft.” 1
Stunningly, 85% or more of cargo thefts are the result of insider jobs, individuals who had the information/ability and used it for their own benefit.
Lewis continues, “The person who called 911 is the person I want to talk to first. Start with the driver, the person who last touched the freight. Follow the evidence, it will either lead to a loose knit group of three guys that decided to steal some freight tonight or it was an organized group that methodically plotted, did surveillance, used GPS, and had specific types of tools for the crime.” 1
These stolen products are more frequently making their way into the mom and pop shops who are independent retailers looking for inexpensive products to stock their shelves. 3 In cases where an insider job was not the case, the driver may still be held negligent, which is why it’s important to take proper precautions when transporting and choosing who handles your freight.
CargoNet is a group dedicated to theft prevention and recovery, offering regionalized alerts, verifiability, recovery during transit, recovery months later, and more.
Road Scholar Transport is proud to be a member of CargoNet, increasing our security measures and continuously pushing the performance envelope with new products and technologies with an emphasis on brand protection and on time performance. Road Scholar President Jim Barrett and Walt Beadling, Managing Partner of the Cargo Security Alliance, have done several presentations regarding cargo security to demonstrate proper strategies and best practices for risk mitigation, including a discussion of the importance of collaboration, speed and visibility to supply chain security, combined with multi-layered security protocols that establish, maintain and prove a secure chain of custody. To view these presentations visit RS University.
You can learn more about the services the CargoNet provides at http://cargonet.com/.
Below are three ways in which Road Scholar helps protect your food/beverage products during transport:
-Road Scholar Transport implements StarTrak telematic solutions to provide GPS tracking and real-time monitoring of reefer status to include operating state, temperatures, alarms, battery condition, door events, and two-way control functionality to turn the reefer on/off and change reefer temperature set-point.
-Road Scholar Transport has state-of-the-art reefers, dry vans, and power units that won’t break down. Our power units are also equipped with GPS technology for redundant traceability. Road Scholar Transport also implements rollover and collision sensing technology to protect your freight by preventing accidents. We diligently keep a full audit trail of what was previously in a trailer, and routinely wash and cleanse the equipment…keeping it “food grade.”
-Road Scholar Transport’s equipment and technology is effective because they have industry best “Order Fulfillment Experts” monitoring the status of every order, every piece of equipment, and any variables that may affect the shipment such as traffic or weather. This 24 x 7 x 365 team’s motto is “If you want to stay up all night that’s YOUR problem…If you don’t, it’s OURS.”
Do you believe that food and beverages are becoming more targeted because they are not secured as well as pharmaceuticals or other high risk products?