Incident Date & Time: Early hours of June 21, 2016
Stolen Cargo: Two trailers, each containing 20 pallets of beer, were stolen from the Sweetwater Brewery at their northwest Atlanta facility. Totaling 3,272 cases of beer or 78,528 bottles, the theft was estimated at over $90,000. Although 10 pallets (720) cases of beer were subsequently recovered, they are unusable due to loss of custody in the supply chain and must be destroyed.
Further info: Cargo thieves entered the shipping yard and drove off with two loaded refrigerated trailers. Both trailers were later recovered but the cargo had been offloaded. The trailers had GPS tracking systems onboard and by noon that day both trailers had been located just south of Atlanta. Ten pallets were recovered when a driver dropped them off at two separate locations south of Atlanta.
Recommendations for increased security and cargo theft awareness: Asheville-based ShadowTrack 24/7 offers an ongoing free, educational video series on Cargo Theft Awareness. From that series, here are the top five tips from industry experts to prevent cargo theft:
- Conduct background checks on your drivers, or if contracted out to a 3PL, ensure they have conducted the checks.
- Verify the identity of the driver who comes to pick up your shipment.
- Minimize the time your cargo is at rest.
- Utilize covert GPS tracking devices in your shipments.
- If a theft occurs, report it immediately to Law Enforcement. Time is critical.
Additional recommendations from ShadowTrack 24/7:
- Conduct security/risk audits of your facilities and supply chain lanes.
- Collect as much Driver and Shipment information as possible before releasing your shipments
- GPS tracking allows you to utilize geofence alerts notify if cargo has been moved from a designated location.
- Develop a Cargo Theft Recovery Plan that includes contacts, protocol in response to “what if” scenarios, responsibilities, etc.
Register for the free video series on Cargo Theft Awareness.
ShadowTrack 24/7 also offers a free Holiday Cargo Theft Risk Mitigation Checklist (download here).
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