The Ontario Trucking Association participated in a commercial trucking virtual town hall event hosted by Peel Regional Police to educate and inform the trucking industry about the latest trends in cargo crime, and the latest tips and crime prevention strategies from industry experts outlining how all stakeholders can work together to reduce cargo thefts within the region.
In its remarks, OTA reiterated the importance of information sharing and creating awareness about cargo crime within the trucking community; the need for greater penalties for those involved in organized crime that are perpetrating these thefts; the importance of all stakeholders working together to develop an action plan to tackle cargo crime with the provincial government; and ensuring that law enforcement have the tools necessary to deal with cargo crime as soon as possible.
“OTA applauds the work being done by Peel Police to combat cargo crime with the resources currently at their disposal. Cargo thefts remains a significant issue for the trucking industry with a major a trickle-down impact on the broader economy,” says OTA’s Director of Policy and Industry Awareness Programs, Lak Shoan. “We look forward to working with Peel Police and other partners to develop an action plan that will take meaningful steps to not only mitigate cargo crime in Peel and other regions, but also provide law enforcement the required funding to combat cargo thefts in a timely and effective manner.”
The virtual town hall also included presentations from OTA members Al Boughton from Trailcon Leasing Inc. who is also a member of the Peel Police Services Board, President of the Toronto Trucking Association, Stacey Jenkins from Thomson Terminals Limited and Stephen Laskowski, President and CEO, Ontario Trucking Association. The panel also included cargo crime investigator Wayne Hummel from the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
OTA would also like to thank the presenters and event organizers from the Peel Regional Police Crime Prevention and Commercial Auto Crime units, including Superintendent Nav Chhinzer, Detective Gary Dias, and Constable Vito Pedano for their work in organizing the event and for their tireless efforts in working to combat cargo crime in Peel region.
In 2018, OTA in partnership with Peel Police and other stakeholders announced the release of two resources: The Cargo Theft Prevention pamphlet and Truck Yard Security Assessment form for the trucking industry.
Available in English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, the documents aim to educate truck drivers about the signs of cargo theft and assist trucking companies in identifying potential gaps in their personnel, security, or physical infrastructure, which may lead to cargo crime occurring.
Copies of the resources can be obtained by contacting [email protected]