Cargo Theft, Loss Prevention, and Supply Chain Security

1st Edition

Authors: Dan Burges
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124160071
eBook ISBN: 9780123914682
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th June 2012
Page Count: 392
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You need to determine your company's risk and mitigate their losses. There's little information out there that tells you how to do this, on which methods of predicitve cargo theft modeling to use, and how to develop prevention solutions. Part history of cargo theft, part analysis and part how-to guide, this book is the one source you need to in order to understand every facet of cargo theft and take steps to prevent losses. It supplies a massive amount of cargo theft statistics and provides solutions and best practices to supply chain security. Providing you with cutting-edge techniques so you can prevent losses, this book will help you ensure that your cargo is secure at every stage along the supply chain.

Key Features

  • Outlines steps you can take to identify the weakest links in the supply chain and customize a security program to help you prevent thefts and recover losses
  • Offers detailed explanations of downstream costs in a way that makes sense - including efficiency losses, customer dissatisfaction, product recalls and more - that dramatically inflate the impact of cargo theft incidents
  • Provides a complete methodology for use in creating your own customized supply chain security program as well as in-depth analysis of commonly encountered supply chain security problems


Manufacturing, logistics and security professionals: chief security officers, VPs of logistics or supply chain operations, security, logistics and supply chain managers; risk analysts, transportation managers, transportation company staff, security providers/vendors. Professionals in any company that manufactures, ships, transports, stores, distributes, secures or is otherwise responsible for bulk product and cargo

Table of Contents





About the Author

Part 1. Understanding the Problem

1. Cargo Theft 101

Evolution of Cargo Theft


Downstream Costs

Cargo Theft Prevention

Lack of In-Transit Security

Cargo Theft and Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (Theft Prevention vs Supply Chain Security)

Key Points

2. Cargo Theft Defined

What Is Cargo Theft?

Theft of a Trailer

Warehouse Burglaries

Other Forms and Modes of Cargo Theft

Key Points

3. Risk vs. Reward

Why Cargo?

Bank Robbery vs. Cargo Theft (Electronics)

Cargo Theft vs. Bank Robbery

Identity Theft vs. Cargo Theft

Cargo Theft Sentencing

U.S. Sentencing Guidelines for Cargo Theft

Crime of Opportunity

Key Points

4. Organized Criminal Groups

Cargo Theft: 2006–2011

The Broker

Key Points

5. The Black Market



Secondary Wholesale Market


Recessionary Impact

Key Points

6. International Cargo Theft



Central and South America




Key Points

7. Product Targeting

Product Demand

Active Targeting vs. Pot Luck

Components of Active Targeting

Key Points

8. High Tech


2006 through 2010

Most Targeted Items

Key Points

9. Pharmaceuticals


2006 through 2010

Consumer Care Products

Complex Supply Chain

Beyond Full Truckload


Key Points

10. The True Impact of Cargo Theft

Product Replacement

Employee Time and Expense

Market Share

Customer Retention and Retrieval


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About the Author

Dan Burges

Affiliations and Expertise

CPP, Senior Director, Intelligence at FreightWatch International, a global supply chain security and consulting firm.


"…this book does a good job of describing the multitude of cargo theft challenges that security professionals face today…It is recommended reading for anyone who is involved in any aspect of supply chain security." --Security Management, June 2013

"Although the book has a decent stab at the subject on a global scale, it has an American centre of gravity describing the weave of theft across the union and the centres of conurbation. It ranges across the modes of transport, very properly remembering to include pipelines in its review. You could easily use this book as a course book for aspiring security professionals. Any underwriter of transport shipping and cargo links should take the time to order and read this book. The commonsense chapters on security precautions and risk management are it seems always sorely needed in the insurance industry. Reading the later chapters we are reminded how information on this form of crime has at least in part been freed up by the internet age and by specialist organisations who keep an idea on this form of economic activity… The book is well bound and printed and redolent of a sober American course book. The author's writing style seems to have been honed by his exposure to favoured techniques taught in the military. He tells you what he will say, says it and then summarises each laconic chapter. This is the book of a practical specialist rather than an academic one. It deserves to be on the shelves of people everywhere who are paid to care for cargo and to shield their goods from the depredations of criminals and to shelter their business results from parasitic losses." --Maritime Advocate Online, August 2012

"This work details the threat that cargo theft poses to the national economy, examines the impact of cargo theft on individual supply chain stakeholders, from manufacturers all the way to consumers, and provides a methodology for establishing supply chain security and loss