The joint industry partnership with the police and the road, freight and haulage industry.


Following the re-launch of TruckPol in March 2014, the NBCS now has regular freight crime data from around 10 forces and has built relationships with over 150 officers.

 

TruckPol Case Study

The police contacted TruckPol after they had received information relating to two incidents, which had involved the theft of goods from vehicles whilst they were in transit. The officers were keen to explore whether this formed part of a wider series and if TruckPol was aware of similar incidents.

TruckPol circulated the details in an alert to the police network and were subsequently contacted by the police who informed them of an MO prevalent in Eastern Europe whereby offenders commit the offences whilst the vehicle is moving. TruckPol subsequently alerted businesses to this MO and a possible emergent series and asked them to send in any details of similar unexplained losses that may form part of this series.

TruckPol collated all incident details and shared the movements of the vehicles targeted with the police. Through close engagement with the Central Motorway Policing Group, TruckPol was able to provide information on the movement of the vehicles, which enabled the police to identify a convoy of suspect vehicles. This led to an organised police operation being put into place and on the same day following a stop of a suspect vehicle 11 Eastern Europeans were arrested. They were all remanded in custody on a conspiracy charge and have each been sentenced to two years in prison.

 

John Traynor
Director of Security at TNT

‘I was particularly impressed at the speed which TruckPol was able to collate and disseminate information between the industry and the police. This ensured that these offences were stopped before this emerging trend became a significant crime series. The ability of TruckPol to co-ordinate the information led to a timely police operation and the successful arrest of those involved. This is clear evidence of the value of sharing data across the industry.’