Drivewyze, Verisk Collab to Fight Cargo Theft

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Drivewyze has teamed up with Verisk to provide in-cab cargo theft alerts in its Safety+ service. 

Drivewyze is a cross-platform connected-truck solution provider best known for its weigh station bypass app. Safety+ is an in-cab software-as-a-service product that provides context-based, proactive, customizable, driver safety notifications through existing electronic logging devices or telematics devices.

The theft “hot spot” alerts are available thanks to an exclusive collaboration with Verisk, provider of CargoNet. With Cargo Theft Alerts, drivers are notified when approaching one of the top 50 riskiest parking locations and top 50 riskiest counties in the country. Safety+ will display a driver-safe visual and audible warning through the in-cab ELD or telematics device as they approach these high-risk areas. The alerts are fully automated and require no driver interaction.

Safety+ high-risk areas will be updated regularly based on the latest data from CargoNet. Subscribers also receive Daily Hot Theft Zone Alerts, powered by CargoNet, to be informed on the latest incidents of cargo theft throughout the U.S. and Canada.

CargoNet’s database receives and integrates cargo theft data from law enforcement, insurers, transportation companies, manufacturers, and retailers. Theft victims, insurers, and law enforcement may enter data online using internal investigation and claims management systems or industrywide databases such as ClaimSearch. Theft victims may also call CargoNet’s 24-hour call center.

According to data collected by CargoNet, cargo theft incidents are on the rise in 2022. In the first quarter, CargoNet reported cargo theft incidents increased by more than 5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. Last year, nearly 1,300 incidents of cargo theft were reported in the U.S. and Canada, with approximately 50% of thefts occurring in California, Texas, and Florida.

“Cargo theft is a serious issue in our industry. Last year, nearly $58 million worth of cargo was reported stolen to CargoNet across the United States and Canada and they’re already seeing an uptick in incidents this year,” said Drivewyze CEO Brian Heath. “That scratches the surface. The problem is much bigger than that since cargo theft often goes unreported. Our alerts empower drivers to stay vigilant -- so drivers know to keep their eyes open for any suspicious activity and to be proactive in keeping their loads safe. Adding Cargo Theft Alerts to Drivewyze Safety+ is something exclusive to our platform and it’s something we know that drivers and fleets will value.”

Drivewyze Safety+ is a premium subscription service available on over 2.5 million ELD devices. Safety+ subscribers can receive a heads-up on high-citation areas for speeding, upcoming parking availability in select states, and high-risk areas for cargo theft. In addition, fleet managers can create customized driver safety alerts, access driver behavior analytics, and manage fleet risk.

[Editor's Note: This story was updated on May 26 at 9:15 a.m. CT to clarify in a quote by Brian Heath that $58 million worth of cargo was reported stolen to CargoNet. It is not a figure that represents all reported cargo thefts in 2021.]

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