Staveley Head

Staveley Head

November 13, 2009 01:00 ET

Truck Hi-Jackings Continue to Increase HGV Insurance Premiums

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2009) - Staveley Head, one of the country's leading HGV insurance providers, has expressed concern that professional criminal gangs are targeting HGVs and costing the economy an estimated Pounds Sterling 1billion a year. Trucks are being hi-jacked or broken into whilst parked-up overnight at motorway service areas, in lay-bys or in unsecured lorry parks. Those carrying "attractive goods" such as alcohol, cigarettes, electrical goods or designer clothes are the most vulnerable.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) claims that there have been 4,000 thefts from trucks in the past year and hi-jackings are occurring at the rate of one a week. It believes that police forces are not doing enough to tackle the problem, and Business Affairs manager Chrys Rampley said "Freight crime is not given a high priority because it is seen as victimless. The police do get more actively involved when drivers are hurt or threatened, but when trucks are stolen there seems to be little cooperation between forces in terms of tracking these vehicles across borders."

A spokesman for Staveley Head said "There is always a market for stolen attractive goods within certain communities, particularly during a recession when so many people are looking for a bargain. But the people perpetrating these thefts are not enthusiastic amateurs.

They are hardened professionals with a liking for violence. Unfortunately many of the haulage companies which fall victim to these crimes do not want the facts published in case their clients fear there is a security issue. And of course, every theft pushes road hauliers truck insurance premiums a little bit higher."

A number of authorities, including the RHA, are currently campaigning for new and more lorry parking sites to be constructed with better security and more facilities for drivers. Although the motorway areas can provide overnight safety in numbers for drivers, they are considered expensive with poor facilities.

More lorry parks are needed with greater security and sited in more convenient stop-over locations. The next obstacle will be - who wants a lorry park next door to them?

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