"Unusual spike" in truck thefts since the beginning of the year, says RHA

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the National Business Crime Intelligence Bureau (NBCIB) has warned that there has been a spike in truck thefts since the beginning of the year.

In one particular week there were 40 reported LGV and light tipper thefts across the UK, 26 of which were Ford Transit tippers. Hotspots include Essex, West Yorkshire and the London metropolitan area.

RHA security manager Chrys Rampley said: “It is a particularly unusual spike. [The NBCIB] think they’re being used in other metal thefts or being chopped up for bits.”

Rampley added that there is usually a slight spike in the number of truck thefts in January and February, but there has been an increase in the number of incidents this year.

Rampley also revealed that the reborn anti-crime initiative TruckPol is set to relaunch at the end of March after the original January launch was delayed.

“We’re continuing to work with the NBCIB. They are planning to launch the hub at the end of March, beginning of April,” Rampley added.

The RHA has already received support from a number of police and crime commissioners after the association wrote to them last week, urging them to crack down on crime targeting hauliers.