ATLANTA – June 30, 2014 – Cargo theft numbers reached another all-time high in 2013, according to a recent study. Cargo thieves are getting better organized and more sophisticated, but security company experts say there are ways to successfully combat these criminals and protect supply chains. U.S. Security Associates (USA), a national security company that specializes in cargo security, provides solutions ranging from low-risk route planning to cargo escorts to advanced monitoring technologies.
"Strategic application of technology is essential," stresses USA's VP of Major Accounts Neal Mulchrone. "USA has equipment and procedures in place to provide vehicle tracking mechanisms as part of the most effective over-the-road cargo escort program in the nation."
More and more logistics and transportation firms are investing in advanced freight security measures as cargo theft numbers continue to climb. A record 951 cargo thefts were recorded in 2012 and again in 2013 – an average of 2.6 incidents per day or 79.25 incidents per month.
Mulchrone notes sharp increases in thefts of certain product types in 2013. "Food and drinks thefts and pharmaceutical thefts are rising dramatically. Electronics loads continue to be heavily targeted. The loss potential is particularly substantial with stolen electronics, alcohol and tobacco, and pharmaceuticals. One stolen truckload can represent anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars."
In 2013, the average loss value per cargo theft incident across all product types was $171,000. The average value of stolen electronics loads was $397,000, while stolen alcohol/tobacco loads averaged $280,000, and stolen clothes/shoes followed close behind at an average value of $272,000. The largest single incident loss was $12.5 million, a full truckload of smartphones stolen in Gary, Indiana.
USA's Senior Vice President of National Accounts Alton Harvey says, "We minimize potential losses to our customer by guarding the supply chain from departure to arrival. With over 160 local offices from coast to coast, we provide everything from site security service at warehouses and distribution centers, to trained and dedicated cargo escort teams, to technology tools for tracking load progress and locating stolen product after the fact." USA's cargo escort professionals remain in constant contact with dispatch centers, reporting progress and every stop along the way, however brief. Photo-documentation and trip logs record loading and unloading, trailer seal integrity, and suspicious or unusual incidents en route. Harvey emphasizes that, "Not a single moment passes during the entire process without protective surveillance."
U.S. Security Associates (USA) is the market-leading, wholly-owned American, full-service safety and security solutions provider. With over 160 locally-responsive offices, international locations and over 50,000 dedicated professionals, they offer the most complete array of physical security, remote surveillance, and global consulting and investigations to ensure better outcomes for thousands of clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world's best training companies, sustain the highest standards of quality, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA's rise as one of the largest innovative security solutions leaders is a natural byproduct of these differentiators and enables the company to provide the most Safe. Secure. Friendly.® environments for people, assets, and brands. For more information, visit www.ussecurityassociates.com.
Natalie Fischer, Marketing Manager