Truck drivers with cargoes of mobile phones have been warned to watch for hijackers ahead of Christmas.
Organized freight crime peaks during September, October and November, and drops off during December, said freight tracking company Eurowatch. But opportunists will look to steal valuable goods, such as mobile phones, from trucks in the knowledge they can be sold on easily well in to the Christmas shopping season.
“Casual criminals, normally engaged in other areas, switch their attentions to freight crime during this period. Demand means that it is a profitable time for thieves, who will have no problems stealing and selling on large quantities of goods,” Eurowatch said in a note to freight forwarders.
“Tried and tested methods and locations remain the same during this period, only more so. Truck parks, delivery locations, lay-bys, side roads, industrial estates will all be targeted. In most cases, thieves will look out for specific types of goods and will examine a vehicles load prior to stealing it. A gang will likely slash the sides of a number a vehicles in an area before deciding what to steal. For this reason, drivers should be on the look-out for parking places where nearby trucks show evidence of tampering or slashing.”
It warned: “Parking at delivery locations overnight marks out a goods vehicle as an easy target, especially if the location is dedicated to specific merchandise such as clothing, computers or mobile phones. Parking outside one of these places is tantamount to telling the criminals exactly what you are carrying, or will be carrying.”