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Tennessee troopers partner with CargoNet to thwart transit theft

State Troopers will now have access to investigative support through the 24-hour CargoNet operations center and will receive theft alerts to patrol units.

The Trucker News Services

1/31/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced a new strategic alliance with CargoNet, a leading source of information on cargo thefts, to combat stolen goods in transit in Tennessee and surrounding states.

State troopers will use the CargoNet system to disrupt cargo crime networks, increase recovery rates, and apprehend criminals associated with cargo thefts, officials said. 

“This newly established relationship will strengthen our increased criminal interdiction efforts throughout Tennessee,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “With the information-sharing capabilities of CargoNet, State Troopers can conduct timely investigations, link recovered goods to owners and remove criminals from interstates.”

State Troopers will now have access to investigative support through the 24-hour CargoNet operations center and will receive theft alerts to patrol units.

The CargoNet database will also allow Highway Patrol personnel to analyze shifting crime patterns, retrieve real-time theft trends and access theft reports based on day, time, location, commodity and many other factors.

Formed by Verisk Analytics and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in 2010, CargoNet focuses on the collection and analysis of U.S. cargo theft incident information. The data collection effort has resulted in a database with a constantly growing number of detailed cargo theft reports.

“We applaud the Tennessee Highway Patrol for its leadership in the fight against cargo theft,” said Anthony Canale, general manager for CargoNet. “This alliance is a perfect example of how the public and private sectors can work together to share intelligence across municipal and state jurisdictions, which is critical in the fight against highly mobile cargo thieves.”

Members of the THP and other law enforcement agencies will participate in a three-day training program to further enhance their cargo theft interdiction skills. 8

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