Help Stop Cargo Crime: Take Part in the National Cargo Theft Initiative

Posted on Mon, 2015-12-14 17:16

On December 8, 2015, BCTA contacted members with details about the launch of the Cargo Theft Initiative, a new national cargo theft database now available to all insurance and trucking companies across Canada. We encourage members to use this version with confidence – the strength of the initiative lies in the reach it achieves through your participation.  

Sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and supported by the Canadian Trucking Alliance as well as BCTA and the provincial trucking associations, the Cargo Theft Initiative is an extension of an earlier effort that was re-launched first in Ontario and then introduced in Atlantic Canada. In response to carrier concerns regarding privacy, the improved program includes a rigorous process for receiving and storing cargo theft data and releasing limited information as necessary (such as a generic description of the goods but not the carrier name) while sharing detailed data via 24/7 access with law enforcement officials.

Last summer, the cargo theft reporting database – the heart of the program – facilitated communication between insurance companies and law enforcement leading to a police raid. As a result, the owners of approximately $1.4 million in stolen goods were identified.

Strategic partners can immediately submit cargo loss details to IBC through an online form. The information is then added to a cargo notice report that is distributed to local and national law enforcement, including Canadian and American border agencies.

Benefits of new national database

  • Assists IBC strategic partners in identifying and recovering stolen cargo, tractors and trailer units in a timely and expeditious manner

  • Provides IBC crime analysts the ability to identify trends, to prevent and detect cargo crime, and ultimately assist in the prosecution of those involved

  • Facilitates the extraction of information to assist with reporting and tracking the success of the program particularly with regard to tracking recoveries

  • Aligns well with the Ports Program currently in place with Canada Border Services Agency and will complement CBSA’s efforts in identifying and seizing stolen property

  • Provides access to cargo theft information outside of regular business hours for authorized stakeholders

  • Provides improved and flexible reporting capabilities

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To support the initiative, carriers may also want to consider providing these resources to the public on their websites to assist in reporting cargo theft:

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