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Despite lower reports, cargo theft risk remains high

Cargo theft in the US was 15% lower in 2017 when compared to 2016, along with a negligible increase in average loss value year-over-year, reports recording firm SensiGuard.

However, the dip in reported incidents doesn’t mean there a lower high risk of theft in the industry.
The firm adds that instead, thieves are homing in on specific loads that can be easily stolen or target specific products.

For the first time in eight years, food and drinks were not the most-stolen products in a year. Home and garden items topped the list in 2017.

In-transit thefts were most common in 2017, accounting for 78% of all recorded thefts during the year. Pilferage was the second-most common type of theft during the year, accounting for 15% of all thefts. Fictitious pickups saw a dramatic decrease in 2017, falling by 39% to account for just 3% of thefts. This decrease, SensiGuard says, was a result of the number of arrests, especially in Southern California, of cargo thieves.

Additionally, 75% of thefts in 2017 occurred in unsecured parking locations, including public parking areas, truck stops and drop lots.

Theft of full truckload incidents accounted for 78% of all thefts in 2017, followed by pilferage, accounting for
15% of thefts.

California continued to lead the US in cargo thefts in 2017, accounting for 28% of thefts in the year. Texas came next with 16% of thefts, followed by New Jersey (11%), Florida (9%) and Georgia (9%)

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Trucking industry stakeholders call for governments to move quickly
on ELDs
Teamsters Canada, the Private Motor Truck of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance are calling on governments to move quickly in the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. The major groups representing trucking interests across Canada are asking the federal and provincial governments to all commit to a process that would see a publication of the final rule by June 2018 and the ELD rule enforced in each province by December 2019.

The three groups believe the safety benefits of ELDS cannot be delayed and that an 18-month transition will allow industry and governments to properly transition to the mandate.

The groups issued the following mutual public statement:
The majority of carriers and drivers have and will always put safety first. However, ELDs will end the supply chain encouraging and turning a blind-eye to companies and drivers breaking hours of service rules to meet shipment needs by falsifying paper log books. By forcing all companies and drivers to obey federal hours of service rules we are making Canada’s roads safer. As a result of ELDs, drivers and carriers will be more compliant with HOS regulations, contributing to reduced collisions and other negative activity associated with distracted driving. We are encouraging all levels of government to expedite this regulation through their legislative process by making it a top priority.

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Canadian Class 8 orders up 259%
North American January Class 8 truck orders were up 121% year-over-year, marking their second-best level in history, with Canadian sales more than doubling that number, according to ACT Research.

“And after a couple months hiatus, orders from Canada were broadly strong in January, up 259% year-over-year,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst.

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