Cargo Theft, Loss Prevention, and Supply Chain Security

Cargo Theft, Loss Prevention, and Supply Chain Security, 1st Edition

Cargo Theft, Loss Prevention, and Supply Chain Security, 1st Edition,Dan Burges,ISBN9780124160071






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In this groundbreaking book, one of the world’s leading experts in cargo crime analysis and loss prevention brings to light the full magnitude of the problem and outlines steps companies can take to secure the supply chain

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Key Features

  • Outlines steps you can take to identify the weakest links in the supply chain and customize a security program to help you prevent thefts and recover losses
  • Offers detailed explanations of downstream costs in a way that makes sense - including efficiency losses, customer dissatisfaction, product recalls and more - that dramatically inflate the impact of cargo theft incidents
  • Provides a complete methodology for use in creating your own customized supply chain security program as well as in-depth analysis of commonly encountered supply chain security problems


You need to determine your company's risk and mitigate their losses. There's little information out there that tells you how to do this, on which methods of predicitve cargo theft modeling to use, and how to develop prevention solutions. Part history of cargo theft, part analysis and part how-to guide, this book is the one source you need to in order to understand every facet of cargo theft and take steps to prevent losses. It supplies a massive amount of cargo theft statistics and provides solutions and best practices to supply chain security. Providing you with cutting-edge techniques so you can prevent losses, this book will help you ensure that your cargo is secure at every stage along the supply chain.


Manufacturing, logistics and security professionals: chief security officers, VPs of logistics or supply chain operations, security, logistics and supply chain managers; risk analysts, transportation managers, transportation company staff, security providers/vendors. Professionals in any company that manufactures, ships, transports, stores, distributes, secures or is otherwise responsible for bulk product and cargo

Dan Burges

Affiliations and Expertise

CPP, Senior Director, Intelligence at FreightWatch International, a global supply chain security and consulting firm.

Cargo Theft, Loss Prevention, and Supply Chain Security, 1st Edition





About the Author

Part 1. Understanding the Problem

1. Cargo Theft 101

Evolution of Cargo Theft


Downstream Costs

Cargo Theft Prevention

Lack of In-Transit Security

Cargo Theft and Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (Theft Prevention vs Supply Chain Security)

Key Points

2. Cargo Theft Defined

What Is Cargo Theft?

Theft of a Trailer

Warehouse Burglaries

Other Forms and Modes of Cargo Theft

Key Points

3. Risk vs. Reward

Why Cargo?

Bank Robbery vs. Cargo Theft (Electronics)

Cargo Theft vs. Bank Robbery

Identity Theft vs. Cargo Theft

Cargo Theft Sentencing

U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for Cargo Theft

Crime of Opportunity

Key Points

4. Organized Criminal Groups

Cargo Theft: 2006–2011

The Broker

Key Points

5. The Black Market



Secondary Wholesale Market


Recessionary Impact

Key Points

6. International Cargo Theft



Central and South America




Key Points

7. Product Targeting

Product Demand

Active Targeting vs. Pot Luck

Components of Active Targeting

Key Points

8. High Tech


2006 through 2010

Most Targeted Items

Key Points

9. Pharmaceuticals


2006 through 2010

Consumer Care Products

Complex Supply Chain

Beyond Full Truckload


Key Points

10. The True Impact of Cargo Theft

Product Replacement

Employee Time and Expense

Market Share

Customer Retention and Retrieval

Loss of Sales

Additional Costs for Other Sectors

Pharmaceutical Sector



Key Points

Part 2. Developing a Solution

11. Determining Risk

The Complexity of Assessing Risk

Product Type and Value

Location of Facility


Frequency of Shipments

Mode of Transportation

In-Transit Policies and Procedures


Other Factors

Security Assessments and Site Surveys

Key Points

12. Roles and Responsibilities

Corporate Security and Logistics

Policies and Procedures


Insurance Companies

Third-Party Security Providers

Law Enforcement

Key Points

13. Physical Security

Levels of Security

Administrative Information

Site Security Management

Contact Persons

Risk Assessments

Cargo Crime Intelligence

Applicant and Employee Screening

Perimeter Security

Physical Security

Access Control

Key Control

Closed Circuit Television


Alarms (Intrusion Detection Systems)

High-Value Cage

Security Officers

Trash Collection and Disposal

Shipping and Receiving

Trailer Storage/Yard Security

Maintenance and Services

Key Points

14. In-Transit Security

Driver Controls

Transportation Provider Selection

Background Investigations

Security Awareness Training

Preloaded and Staged Trailers


Trip Duration

Security Seals

Stopping Procedures

Overnight Stops/Drop Trailer

Transportation Provider Compliance

Supply Chain Security Company Selection

Physical Escorts

Electronic Escorts and Monitoring

In-Transit Security Hardware

Security Hardware Uses and Limitations

Key Points

15. Active Monitoring

Origin and Destination


Administrative Processes

Geofences and Georoutes

Beyond Location Tracking

Immediate Notification of Route Deviation or Theft

Recovery Process

Impact on Driver Behavior

Key Points

16. Air Cargo Security

Cargo Theft and the Air Industry

Government Regulation and Air Cargo

Security Considerations and the Air Industry

Key Points

17. Rail and Pipeline Security

Cargo Theft and the Rail System

Product Targeting

Hot Spots

Security Considerations and the Rail Industry

Pipeline Security

Theft and the Pipeline System

Key Points

18. Cargo Theft Task Forces and Organizations

Miami-Dade Tactical Operations Multi-Agency Cargo Anti-Theft Squad

California Cargo Theft Task Forces

New Jersey State Police

Memphis TAMCATs

Midwest Cargo Theft Unit

Georgia Bureau of Investigations

Technology Asset Protection Association

Nation Cargo Theft Task Force

Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition


Supply Chain–Information Sharing and Analysis Center

Transportation Security Councils

Key Points

19. Beyond Security

Operational Efficiencies

Key Points



FreightWatch International 2011 U.S. Cargo Theft Report



Major Trends

By State

By Value

By Date

By Product Type

By Theft Type and Location

FreightWatch International Global Threat Assessment

Global Cargo Theft Risk

About FreightWatch

North America





Quotes and reviews

"…this book does a good job of describing the multitude of cargo theft challenges that security professionals face today…It is recommended reading for anyone who is involved in any aspect of supply chain security." --Security Management, June 2013

"Although the book has a decent stab at the subject on a global scale, it has an American centre of gravity describing the weave of theft across the union and the centres of conurbation. It ranges across the modes of transport, very properly remembering to include pipelines in its review. You could easily use this book as a course book for aspiring security professionals. Any underwriter of transport shipping and cargo links should take the time to order and read this book. The commonsense chapters on security precautions and risk management are it seems always sorely needed in the insurance industry. Reading the later chapters we are reminded how information on this form of crime has at least in part been freed up by the internet age and by specialist organisations who keep an idea on this form of economic activity… The book is well bound and printed and redolent of a sober American course book. The author's writing style seems to have been honed by his exposure to favoured techniques taught in the military. He tells you what he will say, says it and then summarises each laconic chapter. This is the book of a practical specialist rather than an academic one. It deserves to be on the shelves of people everywhere who are paid to care for cargo and to shield their goods from the depredations of criminals and to shelter their business results from parasitic losses." --Maritime Advocate Online, August 2012

"This work details the threat that cargo theft poses to the national economy, examines the impact of cargo theft on individual supply chain stakeholders, from manufacturers all the way to consumers, and provides a methodology for establishing supply chain security and loss prevention programs. The first part of the book explains basics of cargo theft in the 21st century, giving background on organized criminal groups and the black market, with separate chapters on high tech and pharmaceuticals. Part 2 describes methods for determining risk and outlines the roles and responsibilities of professionals in corporate security, insurance companies, third-party security providers, and law enforcement. This section also covers physical security, in-transit security, active monitoring, and issues in air, rail, and pipeline security. There is also an overview of cargo theft task forces and organizations. The book's reader-friendly layout offers many subheadings, bullet points, and chapter key points. Burges is a consultant in supply chain intelligence and risk analysis. Academic Press is an imprint of Elsevier." --Reference and Research Book News, October 2012

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