Freight Theft Costs Uk 1 Billion Year
Friday, 18 November 2011
Opportunist thieves are targeting the UK freight industry - at a cost of £1 billion to the country's economy every year.
Freight crime affects all types and sizes of commercial vehicles and it is a problem which impacts on companies up and down the country, with hauliers reporting thefts, damage and vandalism on a daily basis.
One of the biggest targets for rogue thieves is the amount of fuel carried by many of the HGVs that are targeted. They can contain up to 1,000 litres of fuel, which equates to a current pump value of £1,350 - this is instantly useable and disposable.
CCTV security specialist Netwatch has observed the growing trend and discovered the startling cost which is strangling the industry, claiming the repair and replacement bills are leaving freight companies across the UK out of pocket.
Niall Kelly, founder and technical director of Netwatch, is advising site managers to be more vigilant as the darker nights set in. He said: "Now that we're into the darker nights, intruders are more opportunistic than ever - they believe they can sneak in and out of sites undetected as a result.
"A lot of our sites were experiencing problems with petty vandalism, intruders breaking and entering to steal fuel from the vehicles, and valuable goods from the trailer units were being stolen, before they decided to get a more solid CCTV system in place.
"It's becoming a major problem that is costing the industry a fortune every year - but not only that, it's also a challenge for the authorities."
Kelly said a growing number of freight sites are now investing in remote CCTV security measures to counter the threat from the gangs.
He added: "We've detected and prevented several incidents at our sites up and down the country where the illegal removal or oil or diesel, or theft from the vehicles, was the intended crime.
"We provide 24 hour remote security, with intervention specialists who watch in real time as an intruder tries to enter a site and issue personalised audio warnings to deter the would-be thieves, giving freight companies peace of mind that their sites and vehicles are secure and protected from the increasing threat."
NOTES TO EDITOR:
Established in the Republic of Ireland in 2003 by David Walsh, Group CEO, and Niall Kelly, Director of Technology, Netwatch currently employs 90 staff. The company's team of leading security experts has developed a bespoke 'next generation' asset protection solution. Netwatch currently monitors security for more than 1,500 blue-chip businesses worldwide as well as a significant proportion of the world's premium residential properties.