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1st Edition

Cargo Crime
Security and Theft Prevention

ISBN 9781466512450
Published October 8, 2012 by CRC Press
266 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cargo crime—including theft, fraud, and the passage of contraband through commercial shipping lanes—poses an enormous threat to security and the economy. By understanding the current methods and operations of those who attack the supply chain, industry professionals can design effective security plans and law enforcement can properly investigate these crimes. Cargo Crime: Security and Theft Prevention is drawn from the author’s personal experiences as a law enforcement detective and supervisor and as a regional security manager for a large multimode transportation and logistics company. The book reviews emerging trends, identifies criminal tactics, discusses law enforcement response to cargo theft, and presents best practices to help businesses avoid victimization by cargo thieves.

Topics include:

  • The various modes of freight transportation and the differences in cargo crime activity in each mode
  • Methods of operation used by organized crime syndicates and narcotic smugglers
  • The effective use of public and private information-sharing partnerships to thwart criminal activities
  • Known profiles consistent in over 90 percent of contraband shipments

Cargo crime is a critical concern of freight transportation operators, manufacturers, shippers, insurers, law enforcement, and consumers. This book arms professionals charged with protecting the supply chain with essential information that can help them investigate and uncover criminal activity and develop a first class cargo security program.

Table of Contents

Cargo Crime: Definition and Trends
Background and Perspective
Definition of Cargo Theft
Current Data and Data Collection Efforts
Analysis of SC-ISAC Data for 2009–2011
Cargo Theft Activity by State
Where Thefts Occur
When Thefts Occur
What’s Stolen
Modes of Freight Transportation
Freight Modalities
Cargo Crime by Modality
Perpetrators of Cargo Crime
Organized Cargo Criminals
Full Truckload
Fictitious or Fraudulent Pick-Ups
High-Value Warehouse Burglaries
Opportunistic Cargo Theft
Internal Theft Rings: Consolidation
Commercial Vehicle Smuggling
Truck-Stop Crime
Fencing: Where Stolen Cargo Goes
Industry Responses
The Vision
Industry Security Councils
Southwest Transportation Security Council
Eastern Region Cargo Theft Association
Western States Cargo Theft Association
Mid-South Cargo Security Council
Southeast Transportation Security Council
Mid-West Cargo Security Council
Virginia–Carolinas Cargo Security Council
Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition
National Transportation Security Organizations
National Insurance Crime Bureau
ASIS Supply Chain and Transportation Security Council
Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA)
Information Sharing
Archiving and Analysis
Law Enforcement Responses
Cargo Theft Law Enforcement Responses
Law Enforcement Education
SWTSC Law Enforcement Training
Handling Contraband
Prevention and Awareness
Prevention: The Best Policy
First Annual Texas Cargo Summit
Personnel Security
Facility Physical Security
Business Partner Requirements
Procedural Security
In-Transit Security
Information Technology Security
Brokerage and Freight Boards
Security Training and Threat Awareness
Legal Best Practices
Current Technologies for Prevention and Recovery
Cargo Insurance
Moving Forward
Essential Decisions for Industry
Lobbying for Cargo Theft Task Forces and Cargo Crime Programs
Procedures and Resources to Develop Bordernet
Lobby for formation of Cargo Theft Task Forces
Learning from Reality

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John Joseph (J.J.) Coughlin is currently vice president of law enforcement services for LoJack Supply Chain Integrity (SCI). He is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing security processes, procedures, and investigations for SCI members. J.J. also works closely with law enforcement officers in deployment of LoJack In-Transit Service to support covert surveillance, dispatch, and recovery operations and investigations. He serves as the director of the Supply Chain Information Sharing and Analysis Center and supervises the collection, analysis, and dissemination of cargo theft and crime data. He is the chairman of the Southwest Transportation Security Council, which he founded to facilitate the sharing of information and networking with law enforcement and private industry. He has been a driving force behind the expansion of regional security councils and promoting information sharing by regional councils, law enforcement, and private industry.


" … a concise, practical, and much-needed guide for transportation and logistics security professionals, written by the foremost authority on the subject in the country. … he shares all the insights he’s gained in his long and illustrious career, and manages to do so in a manner that is both efficient and informative. … he not only defines the who/what/where of cargo theft and backs his claims with supporting statistics, but he also allows the reader insight into his methodology. … A worthy read on a topic where there’s too little information currently available."
—Jack DeMao, CEO and President of Electric Guard Dog LLC, in Global Logistics Media

" … full of insights for anyone concerned with cargo protection."
—Security Letter