Magazine article Security Management

Truculent Thieves

Magazine article Security Management

Truculent Thieves

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Truckers may want to think carefully about dropping trailers - disconnecting the trailer from the cab - at rest stops in Pennsylvania, according to the American Trucking Association (ATA). That state has become an especially hot site for theft of cargo, says Gail Toth, executive director of the Transportation Loss Prevention and Security Council of the ATA. In recent months, fourteen trailers have disappeared from truck stops in Allentown alone, she says.

Truck stops have long been considered safe havens, Toth explains. So drivers often drop their trailers there and make quick visits to family or friends. For Pennsylvania truckers who do so, their trailers often turn up empty in Allentown or New York.

This information is one of the early fruits of the central database set up by the ATA a year ago to collect numbers on and identify trends in cargo theft (See "Spotlight," September 1996). Due to delays in getting cooperation, the database, called CargoTIPS (Cargo Theft Information Processing System), contained only about 300 reports as of press time, almost all concerning the trucking industry. But those have been enough for Toth to discern several trends.

The database shows Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, and Chicago as highest in cargo theft. …

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