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In-transit freight theft has always been of great importance, since in addition to the damage caused by the missing goods, a whole series of collateral damage are added such as the interruption of the supply chain, or the identification of the responsibility for the theft.
The worldwide losses in relation to the freight theft are also difficult to quantify because the system for quantification of the damage is not always classified in the same way.
According to some observers, losses are around 30 billion dollars a year. To this figure the indirect costs arising from theft must be added such as the time required to replace the stolen product; loss of the sales; Company’s loss of image, which still does not timely deliver.
Another serious consideration is related to the theft of goods such as tobacco, alcohol or pharmaceuticals. In this field in addition to the damage already mentioned it must be added the risk of product sales to minors or any other person considered unsuitable to the use of potentially harmful products. Organized crime has the ability to move with great speed and in a few hours can repackage the stolen goods, fill new cargo manifests and reload it on another vehicle.
All this even before the theft is reported and that law enforcement officials start to move. In addition, there is also a low risk of being detected and identified, if apprehended.
How to stem this?
Technology is not the magic wand that can defeat the freight theft alone.
An effective security system must be well planned and must include geo-location systems, electronic seals and highly trained personnel. GPS systems greatly improve the detection of the stolen vehicle and can discourage less experienced criminals.
Electronic seals can warn you if they are tampered with and as a result they give you the opportunity to intervene almost immediately. Currently, the market offers electronic seals that are activated only at the time of their closure and, if tampered with or removed from their position, they warn you with a SMS message. These security products are a valid response against In-transit freight theft.
As soon as the loading is completed, the vehicle must be immediately sealed and the seal number listed on the appropriate documents.
The correct closure of the seal must be performed by trusted personnel and rechecked at least a second time, trying to force it with your fingers.
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