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Nov 4, 2016

TRUCK THEFTS * USA: The unbearable replay of

* DC - Preventing cargo, truck theft is a mutli-layered attack


--- The International Cargo Security Council estimates that more than $10 billion in merchandise is stolen or damaged each year, but when you factor in productivity losses and higher insurance premiums the annual cost soars to upwards of $60 billion... While trailer contents are often the most valuable part of a highway heist, they’re not always the only thing taken. CargoNet recorded more than 1,500 incidents of stolen commercial-vehicle cargo or equipment in the U.S. and Canada in 2015, with 619 reports involving stolen commercial vehicles. CargoNet reported 309 incidents of vehicle theft in the third quarter this year... In order to keep thefts low to round out the year, FCCI Insurance Group recommends fleets employ a layered defensive approach. 

 * Layer 1: Common sense. Drivers should remove the keys from the ignition when not in use, lock all doors and windows and park in well-lit areas. 

 * Layer 2: A visible device that alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected – like a dash-mounted air brake lock, pedal lock, steering column collars or wheel locks and clamps. 

 * Layer 3: An immobilizing device that prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. These kill-switch type devices traditionally inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. 

 * Layer 4: A GPS-enabled tracking device is basically the last line of defense. It emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is reported stolen. 
 Washington, DC, USA - CCJ - 1 Nov 2016

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