Cargo theft reporting program comes to Atlantic Canada

In 2014, the Ontario database helped police identify the owners of $1.4 million worth of stolen goods

IBC, the RCMP and the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association are bringing a national cargo theft reporting program to the Maritimes.

“To fight cargo theft, we must be as organized as the criminals,” Amanda Dean, IBC’s vice president, Atlantic, said in a release. “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.”

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The program is designed to raise awareness about the dangers and costs associated with cargo theft and to help victims recover stolen goods.

“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,” said Jean Marc Picard, executive director of APTA. He pointed out transport trucks can carry up to $250,000 in goods, and a single stolen trailer can put a company out of business.

The Cargo Theft Initiative began as a pilot project in Ontario and Quebec in 2011. In the summer of 2014, the Ontario database helped police identify the owners of $1.4 million worth of stolen goods.

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