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Savannah summit to address container cargo theft

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, cargo theft activity around the Port of Savannah has escalated since the first of the year.

“They are seeing the loss of full container loads as well as pilfering from containers, mostly in off-port holding yards,” said Jac Greenlee, vice president of the board of the Southeast Transportation Security Council, or SETSC.

This rise in crime has prompted SETSC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the growing problem of cargo theft throughout the Southeast, to partner with the GBI’s Major Theft Unit and the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics for a free one-day summit June 20 at Georgia Tech Savannah.

“We hope to reach area intermodal, drayage and logistics companies, pulling together law enforcement and the private sector to look at ways to combat this growing problem,” he said.

According to Greenlee, the purpose of the summit is threefold.

“First, we want to share current intelligence regarding container cargo theft: what’s happening and how it’s happening.

“Second, the GBI major crimes unit will share their statistics on where this is taking place, identifying those yards whose security practices leave something to be desired.

“Finally, we’ll go over best practices — how to make sure your cargo is secure.”

Greenlee said SETSC’s hope is that attendees will take the information back to their colleagues, sharing what they’ve learned.

“We have room for 100 at this summit, but we’d like to see the best practices shared and disseminated to the greater logistics community,” he said.

Among the participants in the day-long summit are Jannine Miller, director of the Georgia Center of Innovations for Logistics; David Lyons, Garden City Police Chief; John Cannon, Special Agent in charge of the GBI Major Theft Unit; James McDonald, director of security for Saia Motor Freight; Special Agent Mark Lavender of the GBI Major Theft Unit; Bob Hastings, SETSC director of intelligence; and Doug Patterson, director of specialty investigations for Travelers Insurance Co.

While there is no cost for the program or lunch, registration is required and will be capped at 100.

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WHAT: Savannah Intermodal Security Conference

WHEN: 8:30 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 20

WHERE: Georgia Tech Savannah Campus, 210 Technology Circle