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National reporting program to crack down on cargo theft in Atlantic Canada

FREDERICTON, N.B.–The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), the RCMP and the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) are joining forces to bring a national cargo theft reporting program to Atlantic Canada.

The Cargo Theft Initiative, which IBC and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) launched in Ontario in 2014, brings together the insurance industry, the trucking community, law enforcement and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the dangers and costs associated with cargo theft and to assist in the recovery of stolen goods. 

Historically, cargo theft has often gone unreported because there are so many different parts of the transportation process that can be overlooked. The cargo theft reporting program aims to raise awareness about cargo theft crime and bring together various stakeholders to crack down on it, said a release.

The success of the program is illustrated in a case that occurred last summer in Ontario. The cargo theft reporting database – the heart of the program – facilitated communication between insurance companies and law enforcement regarding the return of goods. This communication led to a police raid in which the police were able to identify the owners of approximately $1.4 million in stolen goods.  

“To fight cargo theft, we must be as organized as the criminals. Cargo theft is not a victimless crime. It is exacting a human toll, costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars and threatening the security of Canadians. This initiative and strengthened partnership will help curb this type of crime and protect people in our communities,” said Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC.

 “Reporting crime as soon as possible is one of the most effective ways to solve and prevent further incidents. As the police, we need that information. By knowing where and when criminals are active, we’re able to investigate and do the analysis required to catch and charge those responsible and help prevent further incidents. The RCMP in New Brunswick is pleased to support this effort to encourage more people to report cargo thefts. By working together, we are helping to make cargo shipments travelling in this province more safe and secure,” said Chief Superintendent Wayne Gallant, New Brunswick RCMP Criminal Operations Officer.

“I am extremely pleased by the joint efforts the RCMP and the Insurance Bureau of Canada have taken to address the growing problem of Cargo theft in our province. It is a major issue across Canada but one that is growing in our province and its affecting our economy, local businesses, our livelihood, and local trucking companies. Cargo theft in New Brunswick represents tens of millions of dollars and can be as severe as shutting down businesses due to the costs associated with the thefts.  One stolen trailer can be worth up to 250,000 in value, therefore it can put a business under overnight. Truck transportation is the number one mode to move goods in our province, an industry that is important to our economy and employs over 20,000 people.  It’s imperative that we collaborate as a team and develop strategies to solve this problem,” said Jean Marc Picard, Executive Director, APTA.

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