By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Police have teamed up with Verisk Crime Analytics (VCA) to form a new strategic alliance against truck cargo and equipment thefts.
Cornwall police recently formed a partnership with Verisk Crime Analytics to prevent truck cargo theft.
Police officers will use Verisk's CargoNet and the National Equipment Register (NER) to foil criminal activity targeted to transport trucks and distribution warehouses.
“Given the volume of trucking activity in Cornwall due to the number of distribution centers, it makes this a logical partnership to enter into from a police perspective," said Cornwall police Sgt. Shawn White, in a statement.
The newly acquired cargo theft analytics tools provide a free service that gives police access to investigative support through the 24-hour CargoNet and NER operations centres.
According to VCA, local police patrol units will receive theft alerts and police personnel will be able to analyze shifting crime patterns, retrieve real-time theft trends and access theft reports based on day, time, location, commodity, and many other factors.
The new high-tech service will use information sharing and collaboration of theft victims, business partners and law enforcement to disrupt crime networks, increase recovery rates, and apprehend criminals associated with cargo and equipment thefts.
Crime analysts and subject-matter experts manage CargoNet and NER on highly-secure national databases and information-sharing platforms. These resources can ultimately show and predict theft trends to support loss prevention and investigations.
“This alliance is a perfect example of how the public and private sectors can work together to share intelligence across municipal, provincial and cross border jurisdictions, which is critical in the fight against highly mobile thieves,” said David Shillingford, President of Verisk Crime Analytics, in a statement.