IBC expands cargo theft reporting program to Western Canada

People can anonymously report crimes online or via telephone

The IBC is expanding its cargo theft reporting program to B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba this week.

The system  allows people to anonymously report crimes online or via telephone. The information is compiled in a database and can be consulted by police, insurers and trucking companies.

Cargo thefts have not been widely reported and have sometimes been written off as part of the cost of doing business, says IBC spokesperson Celyeste Power. But the losses suffered by insurers and trucking companies are ultimately passed on to consumers. The bureau estimates cargo theft costs the Canadian economy $5 billion each year.

The reporting program has been working well in Ontario for a few years and expanded to Atlantic Canada last summer.

“If something is stolen in one jurisdiction, it is put into the program and it is beamed straight across the country, and now in Western Canada,” Power said.

“If it comes up in their jurisdiction, they can find the rightful owners and get it back to them.”

 

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