The police call it Cargo Thieves Season. That time of year leading up to Christmas when cargo thieves target the tractor-trailer loads of valuable goods making their way to market on Ontario’s highways. And while it peaks in December, it is a constant problem, and is costing consumers billions of dollars every year.
“It’s bad,” Garry Robertson of the Insurance Bureau of Canada told CTV’s W5. “To give you an example, last year we had roughly 200 theft reports given to us. This year so far, we’re up over 400. And that’s primarily just in southern Ontario.”
And these figures are reported thefts only, Robertson said. It’s an open secret that some transportation companies will not report a trailer being stolen, preferring instead to absorb losses in order to avoid damage to their reputations and increases to insurance rates. So the true scale of the losses is not known.