Kentucky Faces Surge in Strategic Thefts: Overhaul Issues Urgent Warning
Discover how strategic cargo thefts are on the rise in Kentucky, affecting trucking companies and shippers.
In recent weeks, Kentucky has become a hotspot for an unexpected and alarming crime wave – strategic cargo thefts. Here's what you need to know:
Rising Crime Wave
- Kentucky State Police report a significant spike in strategic thefts, with 12 active cases since August 1.
- Criminals are using a double-brokering scheme involving at least two crews.
- Legitimate trucking companies unknowingly become part of the theft operation.
How It Works
- Criminals hire legitimate carriers for cargo transportation.
- Carriers pick up shipments at the origin or from another short-haul driver.
- They're then given new delivery locations, often far away.
- Multiple shipments have been redirected to California and Chicago.
- Legitimate carriers are never paid for redirected loads.
- Liquor is a prime target, alongside energy drinks.
- Expect other high-value products to be targeted soon.
- Louisville is a hub for consumer electronics, making them vulnerable.
A single shipper suffered six thefts valued near $2 million. Kentucky State Police, with a network of law enforcement contacts, facilitated recoveries beyond state lines.
Protect Your Cargo
- Vetting brokers and carriers thoroughly is crucial.
- Document all drivers, tractors, and trailers with detailed pictures.
- Include identifying markings on the equipment and driver credentials.
- Utilize contextual intelligence, remote compliance monitoring, and real-time visibility.
- Establish an escalation process for immediate law enforcement engagement.
Don't let your cargo be the next target. Stay vigilant and protect your shipments from this growing threat.
About Overhaul's Intelligence and Response Team: Overhaul’s Intelligence and Response Team provides real-time shipment information to law enforcement officers via Overhaul LE Connect. This technology streamlines communication and ensures critical information reaches those who need it most.
58 Daily Cargo Theft Incidents 🤯— ThinkFreight 💭🚚 (@ThinkFreight) September 11, 2023
According to a report from Overhaul, the monthly avg. for cargo thefts in Mexico during Q2 reached 1726 or about 58 per day. 🚚🥷 pic.twitter.com/a9u1bFDP6g