Truck-theft database adds Canadian content

by MM&D staff

TORONTO, Ontario—A service that tracks information about tractor trailer theft is coming to Canada.

Already in existence in the US, CargoNet is a national information-sharing system used by insurance companies, law enforcement agencies and theft victims. It combines a national database, a 24/7 theft alert system, task force and investigations support, driver education and awareness training, and a tractor-trailer theft deterrence program.

The service is being expanded to the Canadian market due to the efforts of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). CTA member carriers from will join the CargoNet program and CTA will have a seat on CargoNet Canada’s advisory board.

“By joining forces with CargoNet, which is already working with carriers and police departments in the United States, we are able to provide a secure mechanism that will assist the Canadian trucking industry and police in better addressing many of the issues and recommendations identified in CTA’s report on cargo crime released a little over a year ago,” said CTA CEO David Bradley.

“Cargo crimes, affect the entire supply chain, from shippers, to insurers, to carriers, their employees and ultimately the end customer. The trucking industry is leading the charge to combat cargo crime, but we need to work with and convince members of the enforcement community, governments and the Canadian judicial system that cargo crime, which is increasingly orchestrated by sophisticated organized crime syndicates, is a serious issue that is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars.”

CargoNet is a division of the Verisk Crime Analytics unit at Verisk Analytics, a Jersey City, New Jersey-based company that provides risk assessment and analysis services.