Sweet smell of success?
By: Dave Robbins
03 June 2014
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The news that two men are now serving five year jail sentences for stealing from lorries parked in the M25 area is welcome news. Their haul included, amongst other things, perfume. Not quite so reassuring is that the Police have yet to apprehend a third man in connection with these crimes.
In reality, these prosecutions are the thin edge of the wedge. According to recent figures from Freightwatch, annually, in the region of 26,000 trucks are targeted by thieves. Curtain slashing and fuel thefts are the most common offences. The statistics suggest that truck crime hotspots are Eastern England and the West Midlands. Operators add that the A14 has a high level of notoriety.
All of which makes the rebirth of TruckPol – which disappeared in 2012 when central funding was withdrawn – a useful development. Of course operators and drivers can take some simple measures to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of truck crime. Best practice is to avoid using lay-bys for overnight stops. Wherever possible use secure truckstops, but always remain vigilant because none of them can be regarded as 100% reliable.