Peel Region Police and York Regional Police are the only forces in the country that have dedicated cargo theft investigation units. But despite all these efforts, trucking industry thefts continue to rise in Peel causing millions in losses. Peel police say that proceeds from these crimes fund human and gun trafficking.
Between 2015 and 2018, reports of cargo thefts to Peel police rose by close to 248 per cent, climbing from 98 to 341, according to numbers confirmed by a police spokesperson. In 2019, however, reports had fallen to 173.
One incident recently turned deadly when an allegedly stolen transport truck crashed into a Mississauga Esso gas station, killing the driver and sending two others to hospital on Jan. 13.
These robberies are having the effect of driving up insurance cost for trucking companies. It is clear that thieves targeting truck trailers filled with merchandise know exactly what they are doing and have some insider knowledge about security or lack of it.
Here are some simple facts. There were more goods stolen in Canada than all of the U.S. in 2018, and Peel Region comes only behind California as the highest jurisdiction for cargo crime. -CINEWS