July 4th Weekend Cargo Theft Trends and Security Tips

JERSEY CITY, N.J., June 29, 2016 — As most Americans enjoy grilling with family and an extra day off this July 4th weekend, cargo thieves will be seeking to get rich by stealing truckloads of nonalcoholic beverages, major appliances, and copper. During 2012 to 2015, CargoNet analyzed cargo theft data in the United States and Canada from July 2 to July 9 and noted that those were some of the most popular theft categories. Cargo theft has always spiked during holiday weekends, but we expect a particularly bad July 4th since it falls on Monday. Many truckers will park their trucks on Thursday or Friday and will not check on them again until Tuesday.
 
In total, 119 incidents were reported during this time period. Eighty-one (81) of those incidents involved cargo theft. Food and beverage items were the most stolen items during this period, with 20 thefts. Cargo thieves also targeted household goods (15 thefts) and electronics (11 thefts). In 2014, thieves aggressively targeted metals, and CargoNet recorded six thefts of copper, steel, aluminum, and brass, but there was just one theft of metals in 2015. Additionally, in this reporting period, 70 semitractors and 64 semitrailers were reported stolen. Incidents were reported mostly in California (21), Texas (19), Florida (15), and Georgia (15). In total, CargoNet estimates $10.63 million in losses during this reporting period, but aside from 2013, each reporting period resulted in $2 million to $2.6 million in losses.  
 
Truckers can protect their trucks and freight by avoiding high-theft metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, and Miami and by parking in high-security locations with security services, secure fences, and high-visibility lighting.
 
Noteworthy thefts from previous Memorial Day weekends
  • $2,000,000 of cell phones from Miami, FL 
  • $1,300,000 of apparel and accessories from Newport, TN 
  • $659,090 in cash and other valuable items from San Angelo, TX 
  • $500,000 in electronics from Carnesville, GA 
  • $495,210 in televisions and other displays from Medley, FL

 

 

 

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    Dallas/Fort Worth CSCMP Roundtable – June 30th

    Join us Thursday, June 30, 2016 for a summer happy hour that includes learning. We will kick off the event with an overview of the Future of Supply Chain Visibility.

    Ted Wlazlowski, Vice President & General Manager, LoJack Supply Chain Integrity, and J.J. Coughlin, VP, Law Enforcement & Logistics Accounts, LoJack Supply Chain Integrity, will discuss challenges in the Supply Chain today and how they are impacted by commercial and geopolitical events. Find out what companies are doing today regarding technology and processes and how those practices are expected to evolve over time.

    Attendees will learn the role and importance of in transit Supply Chain visibility, what can be done to facilitate and improve visibility, and how to impact opportunities through implementing Supply Chain visibility on a total enterprise level. You must register prior to the event to access happy hour festivities. The presentation will be followed by a happy hour sponsored by LoJack Supply Chain Integrity. The venue will be sponsored by Torres Trade Law.

    Date/Time:
    Thursday, June 30, 2016 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm
    Registration Deadline:
    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 1:45pm
    Venue:
    Park Seventeen Center
    1717 McKinney Avenue
    Dallas, Texas 75202 

    REGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE EVENT:
    https://cscmp.org/dftw/event/future-supply-chain-visibility 

     

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      Memorial Day Weekend Cargo Theft Trends and Security Tips

      JERSEY CITY, N.J., May 23, 2016 — Make sure your cargo is safe this Memorial Day weekend! CargoNet® examined statistics from the Wednesday before and the Wednesday after the Memorial Day weekend and found that, in the last four years, 98 cargo thefts were reported during this week. In that time period, Florida and California reported the most cargo theft, but CargoNet spotted significant losses in Texas, Georgia, and New Jersey, too.
       
      Cargo theft was most often committed while cargo sat in warehouses, truck stops, and carrier/terminal lots. During this time period, 48 percent of cargo theft in this week occurred over the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday); Saturday experienced the most cargo theft. 
       
      Thirty-one percent of cargo thefts were of food and beverages, and food and beverage was the most costly category—$1.39 million. Traditional cargo thefts were 82 percent of all cargo theft losses during this time period. In total, CargoNet recorded nearly $11.3 million in cargo stolen, with an average loss value of just over $200,000 per theft.
       
      Noteworthy thefts from previous Memorial Day weekends
      • $2,920,000 of electronics stolen out of Memphis, TN 
      • $296,000 of baby apparel from a warehouse in San Bernardino, CA 
      • 42 pallets of laptops stolen from a truck stop in Fontana, CA 
      • $60,000 of oral care products from a secured yard in City of Industry, CA 
      • $57,000 of produce stolen off the side of the road in Pearl, MS
       

       

       

       

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        Cargo Security Solution is found through Supply Chain Visibility

        Our local NBC affiliate did an investigation and found out something we have known for years…  Cargo theft costs companies millions of dollars each year.

        Click here for the full investigative report!

        The Solution is Supply Chain Visibility

        Supply chain visibility is an emerging segment related primarily to providing information that allows clients to measure, improve, or document factors on supply chain performance and SECURITY!

        When you are looking for solutions, they should be fully integrated and easily managed while providing:

        • Real-Time Visibility
        • Business Validation & Compliance
        • Increased Supply Chain Performance
        • Risk Mitigation
        • Complete Efficiency

        Questions to ask:

        • How are gaps identified and eliminated?
        • What happens when a deviation occurs?
        • Who responds on your behalf?
        • How do you validate business rules compliance?
        • Do you know the performance level?

        If your partners do not provide the answers to these problems, it is time to look for a new partner.

        Earlier this week, we announced the launch of SafeLaunch™, a premium mobile portal for gathering shipment information at the origin and streamlining the shipping experience.  The portal simplifies the capturing of driver and truck / tractor / trailer details (such as asset id numbers, license numbers, and plate numbers) with the ability to take photos of the driver, truck, tractor, trailer, and load.  All data elements are attached to the specific shipment in LoJack SCI’s SC iOn™ Command portal.  Once entered, the data can be accessed at any time, in the present or for future needs.

        Click here to view the press release!

        Please feel free to contact us at info@lojacksci.com with any questions you might have regarding SafeLaunch™.

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          July 4th Supply Chain Security Protocols

          7/1/2013

          July 4th Security Protocols

          The 4th of July weekend is just around the corner and provides an unusual four day span where operations may be slowed. While we are spending time with friends and family, thieves are spending the time looking for opportunities to attack the in-transit units or warehouses left in less than secure conditions. These holiday weekends provide cargo thieves the prime chance to strike if companies do not plan and prepare properly.  To prepare for the long holiday weekend, we are urging the entire SC-ISAC member’s to discuss and review their security procedures and protocols. Below is a list of suggestions to help maintain the integrity of both facilities and freight in-transit.

          Facilities:

          • Check security alarm and surveillance systems to ensure proper working order
          • Ensure batteries are fresh in exit doors and back up cellular phone (used to maintain alarm reporting, if phone lines are compromised)
          • Perform perimeter checks, look at fencing or other types of barriers to ensure they are properly secured
          • Check perimeter lighting to ensure lights are on and replace any non-working non fixtures.  Review timer so that lights come on while facility is closed 
          • Ensure company alarm call list is current and contains valid phone numbers  Require responsible persons to respond to all alarm calls, even when the system is suspected of malfunctioning
          • Have a non-integrated Verified video alarm system as a back-up to the main alarm system
          • Contact law enforcement and ask for additional patrols in the area
          • Remove keys from all warehouse equipment (forklifts)and place in a secure location     

          Freight In-Transit:

          • If you have to leave your rig or loaded trailer unattended, look for a secure lot or authorized location to leave vehicles
          • If forced to leave vehicles at a public facility (truck stop, etc.) pick one that is well lit and utilizes surveillance equipment.  Park within view of the camera
          • Secure the tractor and trailer with a steering wheel locking device, kingpin locks, glad-hand locks (or other security equipment).  Put industrial strength padlocks on trailer doors
          • Use covert cargo tracking technology and geo-fencing to alert to exceptions
          • Do NOT leave keys inside tractor
          • Check on the unattended vehicles as frequently as possible
          • Notify dispatch of where and when you have dropped the load and estimated time of return

          If you are aware of any incidents, please submit to submissions@sc-isac.org.  

          Source(s):

          SC-ISAC

          LoJack SCI is the custodian of the Supply Chain Information Sharing and Analysis Center (SC-ISAC).  LoJack SCI is uniquely qualified to offer comprehensive, intelligence-based cargo security solutions across a wide range of industries.  For more information, please contact info@lojacksci.com.

          About the ISAC

          Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) were created as a result of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63) in 1998; PDD-63 was updated in 2003 with Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-7 to reaffirm the partnership mission. The directive emphasizes that a public and private partnership is needed to share information about physical and cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents to help protect the critical infrastructures of the United States.  Today there are thirteen ISACs for critical infrastructure including the Financial Services, Electric, Energy and Surface Transportation sectors.

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            Growing Freight Tonnage Equals Growing Cargo Security Concerns

            The ability to track the location of cargo is always an important requirement for shippers; however, tracking not only the location of cargo but also monitoring cargo security is perhaps more important. It’s simple to just check the location of a shipment, but do you know if your cargo is truly secure? 

            The American Trucking Association estimates that approximately 70 percent of all freight tonnage is moved by truck. This is anticipated to grow as total freight tonnage for all modes of transportation is estimated to increase by as much as 21% by 2023. As more freight is moved by air, rail, ocean and truck, maintaining cargo security takes on even greater importance.

            According to the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), 85 percent of all major cargo theft involves trucks. Those thefts cost businesses more than $10 billion annually worldwide. Members of TAPA note that cargo thefts are more likely to occur when the vehicle transporting cargo is stopped in an unsecured location, such as a shopping center parking lot, a truck stop, or an unsecured drop yard. Cargo security may be compromised if a vehicle remains stationary for an extended period of time. How will a shipper know if their cargo has made an unexpected stop? LoJack SCI’s Covert/Embedded Tracking Solution will monitor such timing and will send its customer notification via email or a text message that includes the date and address if the shipment sits longer than the allotted time. Once  the vehicle begins to move again, another alert will be sent to the customer. The system will also ensure the assigned driver is moving the cargo.

            The more data about a shipment status that can be accessed and recorded, the more secured the cargo. By sharing this audit trail among supply chain partners, cargo security will not only be maintained but also utilized to improve upon future shipments. LoJack SCI’s event-based alerts will assist shippers create this audit trail by providing such notifications as when the cargo left the point of origin, when its near its final destination, if cargo has crossed a “No Stop Zone,” when its reached its final destination and more.

            As cargo tonnage continues to increase, cargo security concerns will mount. No longer is the mere ability to track cargo good enough. Instead, the ability to monitor the timing of every point and every stop along the journey is important to reduce cargo theft.  As such, LoJack SCI can help you find a solution! Click the Contact Us Now button at the right and we will be in touch.

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              Complex Supply Chains a Challenge to Supply Chain Performance

              How good is your supply chain performance? Many retailers perhaps believe theirs is pretty good; however, it seems each year when businesses are surveyed by the numerous supply chain consulting firms and trade magazines, visibility usually ranks at the top of the

              list as an area for improvement. Indeed, the typical supply chain has become much more complex over the years as manufacturing expands to Asia, South America, Africa, and so on. Production lead times have become longer as products continue to diversify. As a result, the need to improve supply chain operational speed and accuracy is great. This complexity reflects the need for visibility in order to optimize one’s supply chain performance.

              It is important to be able to track, manage and monitor the status of inventory throughout the supply chain process—from manufacturing to procurement to sales, and through customer service. Knowing the status of inventory in the pipeline is crucial for buyers who are making the replenishment and stock transfer decisions and operational managers who are managing the flow of goods. Departments concerned with inventory availability struggle to obtain the information they need with enough lead time for them to ensure the inventory is received complete and on time. Any possible disruption can have a negative effect on not only your costs but also on your brand and your customer—thus resulting in poor supply chain performance. However, having complete visibility throughout the process, combined with the ability to send event-based notifications to partners and various functions within one’s supply chain, can enhance productivity. This also can reduce costs and improve process planning. This will achieve a much stronger supply chain performance, which is essential for today’s economy.

              Here is an example of potential performance measures. According to an Aberdeen Group study, when visibility tools are utilized, best-in-class businesses had on average a perfect order rate of 96 percent delivered to customers and a 96.3 percent perfect order received from suppliers. A 3 percent decrease in supply chain execution cost as a percentage of revenue was observed as well.Visibility is now a requirement for companies to achieve optimal supply chain performance.  LoJack SCI offers solutions to assist. Through event-based protocols that are monitored 24/7, LoJack SCI’s systems ensure that cargo maintains its integrity and the system follows business rules and documented processes. Adding sensors to the LoJack SCI solutions also provides the added capability of monitoring the status or condition of the products while in transit.Learn more about protecting your supply chain with the most cost-effective loss prevention and custody control programs from the most trusted name in cargo tracking, monitoring and recovery at LoJackSCI.com, or fill out the form below.

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                Risk Planning Depends On Successful Supply Chain Integration

                Supply Chain integration is crucial for businesses seeking to avoid various risks that may have an adverse effect on business performance.  Examples of risks that may need to be accounted for when developing one’s supply chain include fuel costs, supplier bankruptcies, labor disputes, geopolitical conflicts and natural disasters. True, many of these are difficult and impossible to plan for, but conducting regular checks through supply chain integration may help to reduce, even to a degree, any shock to one’s supply chain.

                Manufacturers typically manage risk in either one or a combination of three ways: build up inventory, develop contingency strategies for specific suppliers or supply chain entities, or they simply do nothing. However, in order to build up appropriate levels of inventory or to develop contingency strategies, optimization of one’s supply chain is necessary to enable each entity of the supply chain to “talk” to one another and share data in order for businesses to come to the best decision for the circumstance. Hence, proper supply chain integration is vital.

                An example of inventory buildup was evident during the recent U.S. East Coast International Longshoreman Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) discussion. Just prior to each expiration date, the inventory-sales ratio jumped, according to the U.S. Census. Through the use of visibility tools, retailers were in touch with supply chain partners in case freight needed to be diverted or inventory needed to be replenished in case a strike occurred. For example, in preparation for the Christmas holiday season, many retailers ordered additional inventory at least two months prior to the September expiration date as a “just-in-case” measure.  The final expiration date, February of this year, another inventory buildup occurred. This time it was to replenish stock due to the holiday season and to also prepare for the seasonal changes. Through supply chain optimization, businesses circumnavigated what could have been a major economic issue. All of this would not have been possible if businesses had not invested in supply chain integration.

                However, there comes a time when unexpected risks occur. For example, natural disasters such as the 2011 Japanese earthquake, the subsequent tsunami, and the flooding in Thailand of the same year caused many to question the “just-in-time” supply chain model as well as the dependence of major suppliers clustered in one geography. However, through collaboration among supply chain partners, companies such as Cisco were able to mitigate the crisis. Through the years, Cisco had made supply chain integration a priority. By establishing a centralized portal, the company communicates with supply chain partners and customers, and also tracks each part of its supply chain in real time.

                Mitigating risks as much as one can is paramount in today’s global economy. While some risks (such as natural disasters) are unexpected, a successful supply chain encompasses adaptive, proactive and reactive measures to face the many twists and turns globalization brings.

                LoJack SCI provides the technology, intelligence, and support you need to create the most visible, secure, and reliable supply chain operation available. To learn how to secure your supply chain visit us online or fill out the form below.

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