Cargo Thieves Go High Tech; Food Leads In Stolen Merchandise

cargotheft1_10365277Thieves have turned to identity theft and sophisticated fraud to steal drugs, electronics, and food right off the loading dock, according to FortuneMagazine. The biggest target, surprisingly to some, is food, which can be sold back into the supply chain through unscrupulous distributors. “I’ve never seen a serial number on a package of chicken,” says Keith Lewis, CargoNet’s vice president of operations. “Once you eat it, the evidence is gone.”

A new generation of tech-savvy truck thieves are innovating on old methods.

“One of the M.O.’s that’s on the increase is in a sense identity theft—impersonating another company,” says Nick Erdmann of the security technology firm Transport Security.

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