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Our CARGO SECURITY professionals help combat criminals and protect your supply chain.

From low-risk route planning to cargo escorts to advanced monitoring technologies, U.S. Security Associates (USA) provides effective solutions for freight security from coast to coast.

Cargo thefts in the United States are at an all-time high. According to a recent study, 951 cargo thefts were recorded in 2013. That’s an average of 2.6 incidents per day, 79.25 incidents per month.

Food/drink thefts topped the list of most stolen products for the fourth year in a row, accounting for 27% of cargo thefts in 2013. Electronics were the second most targeted product type, and home/garden products and metals tied for third place. Other stolen product types in 2013 included building/industrial materials, clothing/shoes, auto parts, alcohol/tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items.

Thefts of pharmaceutical products increased by 50% in 2013, and food/drink product thefts escalated by  38% over the same period. Driver theft grew by 389% in 2012 and by another 76% in 2013.

With increasingly organized and sophisticated cargo theft rings and relatively mild criminal penalties, the number of cargo theft incidents is likely to continue to climb, and the potential for loss is substantial. In 2013, the average loss value per incident across all product types was $171,146, while the largest single incident loss was $12.5 million, a full truckload of smartphones stolen in Gary, Indiana.

U.S. Security Associates partners with logistics and transportation firms to guard the supply chain against theft of product through site-security measures at warehouses and distribution centers, and through the most effective over-the-road cargo escort program in the nation. Not only do cargo theft threats represent significant possible dollar loss of the value of a single load of product, but there is also the risk of potential supply chain compromise of entire production runs. Modern GPS technology provides excellent tools for tracking progress of loads in the system and for locating stolen product after the fact, but no technical device can equal the deterrent effect of a trained and dedicated escort team.

To deter potential loss, USA deploys experienced professionals to assure security of sensitive shipments from departure to safe arrival. We have the equipment and procedure in place to provide tracking mechanisms for all vehicles we escort. Photo-documentation and trip logs record loading and unloading, trailer seal integrity, and suspicious or unusual incidents en route. Our cargo escort professionals remain in constant contact with dispatch centers, reporting progress and every stop along the way, however brief.

Our experts monitor national trends and know where and when cargo is at greatest risk. In 2013, 64.88% of cargo thefts took place in five states: California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Illinois. Busy seaports, intersections of major interstate highways, and the presence of large organized cargo theft rings make these states hotspots for cargo theft crime. New Jersey, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, and Pennsylvania also consistently rank among the states with the most threat incidents.

In 2013, 55% of trailer thefts and 58% of facility thefts took place on Saturday or Sunday, and 73% of all thefts were against trailers and containers that were stationary and unattended. Because cargo is at the greatest risk when it’s at rest — during extended stops and especially overnight ­­­— USA customarily deploys two-person teams in both truck and escort vehicle to travel coast-to-coast without delay. Most importantly, not a single moment passes during the entire process without protective surveillance.

USA’s suite of advanced, proprietary technology systems provides essential support in the delivery of freight security solutions. We ensure the integrity of our personnel with our Applicant Background Verification System, backed by a $100,000 guarantee. We deliver critical training through our award-winning, innovative application of web technology. We confirm that our people are on duty, on time through our technology. We use our Tour-Positive® System for a host of applications, from tracking GPS location and personnel activity to monitoring critical systems data such as temperature, humidity, and light levels. We provide electronic incident reporting, instant notifications, and sophisticated incident tracking and analysis through our Incident Management System. We offer GateMaster® as a fail-safe system of logging required data for every truck and trailer upon arrival and departure from our customers’ distribution centers and truck yards.

Our National Command Center in Roswell, Georgia provides round-the-clock monitoring and hotline support as well as information relay, storage, and retrieval. We have the resources, the technology, and the experience to effectively secure your supply chain.

For more information, please contact the U.S. Security Associates office near you.

About U.S. Security Associates

U.S. Security Associates (USA) is one of North America's largest security companies, with 160 locally-responsive offices providing premier national security services and global consulting and investigations to customers in a range of industries. Recognized for world class customer service, leading-edge technology, and an enterprise approach to risk management, USA offers optimized security solutions to meet specific customer needs. USA is committed to building quality security and risk management programs that are Safe. Secure. Friendly.®. USA’s investment in a culture of excellence is reflected not only by BEST Awards from the American Society for Training & Development, consistent ranking on the Training magazine Top 125, and technology-driven quality management system, but also by the award-winning customer service delivered by the company’s leadership team and security officers on a daily basis.

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