Supported by Beazley Marine Insurance and the Road Haulage Association, the team’s role is to target crime that affects the road haulage and freight transport industry in the UK, namely cargo thefts and thefts from trailers.
The most vulnerable situations are overnight stops at unsecured truck parks, laybys and motorway services. Here, a truck’s curtain sides may be cut or the rear container doors forced open, sometimes while the driver is resting in the cab.
Easily disposable consumer goods, such as TVs or clothes, are always a favoured target and can be big business for organised crime groups, while costing the UK millions in terms of the impact to producers, transporters and consumers.
NaVCIS Freight gathers and analyses international and national crime data, looking for trends and identifying tactics to support cross-border investigations that pursue offenders and prevent crime.
Successes include the arrest and prosecution by the Central Motorway Police of an 11-strong Romanian gang. The operation at Keele services on the M6 was prompted by NaVCIS intelligence and is an excellent example of joined-up working between agencies.
Our work uncovers the many ways criminal gangs operate and we share sanitised data with the international freight industry through regular bulletins. This helps our partners stay one step ahead in identifying threat and risk and provides them with opportunities to protect drivers and their goods from harm.
Get in touch with the team
If you have any questions about our freight operations, you can contact our dedicated freight team via email.
Report an incident
To report a crime concerning road haulage and freight transport, please complete an incident notification form.