An NBC 5 (Dallas) investigation found Dallas-Fort Worth is now one of the worst spots in the country for cargo theft.

The media outlet has called for creating a statewide task force to battle cargo theft would require action from the Texas legislature. The state already collects a $2 fee on auto insurance policies to fund an auto theft task force which investigates some truck theft cases where entire rigs are stolen.  Last year the state collected about $44 million from those auto insurance policy fees.  Under state law about $22 million of that money could be appropriated to the auto theft task force.  But the legislature chose to appropriate only  $15 million to the auto theft task force.  Some in the insurance industry have suggested a portion of the remaining funds could be used to target cargo theft.  

I had the privilege of attending a forum on the subject of GPS Cargo Tracking sponsored by the Rx-360 Cargo Theft / High Risk Areas Workgroup and the Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition (PCSC) on Wednesday, 3 February.  Hosted by Pfizer at their facility in Collegeville, PA, the event was attended by representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, carriers, security firms, insurance companies and others, participating in person and on-line.  

A number of vendors were invited to present including 7P Solutions,  FreightWatch, LoJack / SC-Integrity,  HiddenTec, OnAsset, RoamBee, ShadowTrack 24x7, TigerSwan, TSS and Ubidata  / Track4C.  It must be noted inclusion as a presenter did not constitute an endorsement from either of the sponsoring organizations, rather, it was an opportunity to educate members as to the services they can provide.

That said, here are a few personal observations, notes, opinions and prognostications:

An airplane mechanic, whose family member has ties to Islamic State in Syria, is accused of planting a bomb on the Russian passenger plane which crashed in Egypt last October, according to a published report.

 

PCSC KPI Survey results

Results of the PCSC/KPI Survey, relating to supply chain security practices within the manufacturing, wholesale and retail disciplines of the pharmaceutical industry, is attached.

This data is from pharma manufacturers/wholesalers and retailers – primarily in the US. - it was requested just one representative respond from each company.

The survey was drafted by PCSC members Nate White and Ron Kaufman from Sanofi and should prove beneficial when benchmarking practices, negotiating budget/personnel increases, etc. A more in-depth look at the statistics generated will be undertaken at the PCSC meeting in early May – with Nathan presenting on the topic.

Thanks to Chuck Forsaith of PCSC for sharing.

 

I’ve received a fairly significant number of inquiries, both yesterday and today, about information circulating that there has been “a huge purchase, $32,000 worth, of United Parcel Service (UPS) uniforms on eBay over the last 30 days, which could represent a serious threat - as they may have been purchased by terrorists.” (see the attached alert, dated today, coming out of the UK and now being circulated here in the United States).

This is actually a well-known “urban legend” that goes as far back as 2003. At that time (and several times subsequent in following years) the report was thoroughly researched by Federal law enforcement, UPS and EBay and always found to have no legitimate threat associated with it.