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Lorry crime: New training course available for HGV drivers

The government has revealed its plans to tackle the HGV driver crisis by recruiting 5,000 lorry drivers from Europe.

Most cargo theft happens in the trucking sector. This is one of the key findings in the latest cargo theft report published by supply chain insurer TT Club and supply chain intelligence firm BSI.

It highlights that road freight (either while in transit or parked) accounted for 71% of all cargo thefts in the supply chain during 2020. However, this figure is down from 87% in 2019, highlighting the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on lorry crime and the rise in thefts from storage facilities.

The figures are still worryingly high. Which is why the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NAVCIS) in partnership with surveillance experts AnteVorte Group are offering HGV drivers training to reduce the risk of them becoming victims of freight crime.

NAVCIS, which is the UK police department responsible for dealing with freight crime, has done its own research into the problem, revealing the extent to which the haulage industry continues to be the victim of crime in 2021.

Figures reveal that 321 offences involving either the theft of HGVs or theft from HGVs were reported between 1 January and mid-February in the UK this year. This equates to losses of around £62 million over the course of just a few weeks, with an average loss of £19,314 per incident.

As well as thefts of trucks, high-value cargo such as IT equipment, cosmetics and drinks have all been targeted by criminals. There has also been an increase in ‘jump up’ thefts, in which HGVs or LGVs are idling in traffic.

The new driver safety and freight security course, Save a Load, Save a Lorry, Save a Livelihood, provides essential crime prevention advice and can be delivered virtually.

The course offers valuable content designed to boost driver awareness, competence and confidence. It is being offered in more than 100 languages.

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