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In the old Days you just had a Cop hanging out in the Trailer with a Box of Donuts waiting for the bad guys:smile::smile:Now with the new GPS Tracking Devices Donuts Sales are at risk.:surprise:



Every year cargo theft numbers spike around the holidays and so every year companies look for more ways to protect their cargo. This year however, the insurance companies are getting involved too by placing ‘honeypot’ trailers full of tempting cargo in high-risk locations hoping that cargo thieves will scoop them up and get caught red-handed.

Few people lose as much money as the insurance company when a load is stolen, so it makes sense that they want to crack down on cargo theft rings as much as carriers do. The insurance company, Travelers Cos., is taking a cue from law enforcement agencies and setting up its own sting trailer.


The way it works is that law enforcement (or Travelers) will load up a trailer with expensive goods like electronics, drop it at a warehouse or truck stop and then just wait. When the trailer or goods are stolen, tracking devices embedded with the goods can lead investigators straight to the culprits.

Earlier this year a Travelers trailer in New Mexico loaded up with Bose speakers was hit by a cargo thieves. They tracked the thieves to a warehouse in Michigan where they arrested a whole group of people who had been part of a cargo theft ring based out of the Southwest.

There are a few things that investigators will do to make the cargo more enticing. First, they load it into an unmarked trailer since studies show that plain white trailers are more likely to be taken than those with logos or writing on them. Next, they make sure that the cargo is something that can sit for a long time without spoiling or getting damaged and that it’s something that’s appealing to the thieves (electronics work great). Finally, through this process investigators have learned that thieves will often target trailers that have small doors embedded in their main trailer doors so that they can discreetly take a peek inside to decide if they want what’s in there.

According to Travelers, the primary purpose of these stings is to break up large cargo theft rings. “Every time the sting trailer breaks up a ring … every trucking company or anyone in the supply chain that moves cargo in that area benefits,” said Scott Cornell, a theft investigator for Travelers. “It has clearly reduced thefts in areas where there have been arrests.”
 
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