Truck crime falls but police warn over Christmas peak
By: William Hobson
22 October 2010
The number of recorded truck crimes affecting logistics work in the UK has fallen for the third consecutive quarter according to the latest statistics from TruckPol, but the police have still warned drivers and operators over expected rises this Christmas.
TruckPol's figures indicate that between July and September this year there were 566 freight crimes, a 15.5% fall on the 670 reported in the same period in 2009. However although this is part of a continual pattern seen since the start of the year, the police have warned that drivers and operator should be prepared for freight crime to rise as Christmas draws near.
"Traditionally, Christmas is the peak time for freight crime gangs," says DC Sue Coutts, head of TruckPol. She says that this is due to the sharp rise in demand for logistics and freight driving work, leading to more opportunities for theft, and because "criminals know there is a market for people looking to buy goods on the cheap" during the holiday season.
Christmas and the final quarter of 2009 saw a particularly high number of incidents, for example; some 823 reported freight crimes. This has been trending downward ever since and though DC Coutts attributes this to a more proactive approach from road traffic police "in being aware of, and targeting, freight gangs," TruckPol is still concerned that a similar rise could be seen this year.
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