VAUGHAN, Ont. -- The way RCMP Sgt. Rob
Ruiters tells it, the trucking community is divided into two groups:
the pros and the cons.
The pros, he says, are the professionals -- drivers, dispatchers and
other self-respecting members of the transportation chain who would
never think about committing a crime in the course of duty. The cons,
he adds, are the crooks -- the cargo thieves, hijackers and the very
few complicit members of the trucking business who cooperate with them.
And these guys cost our economy billions of dollars.
Ruiters has been working for years with various members of the
transportation industry to get the pros to help drive the cons off the
This week, he announced that he was teaming up with Vaughan, Ont.-based
Totalline Transport's colorful founder and CEO Uwe Petroschke to give
his crime-stopping efforts even more teeth.
Totalline's Petroschke and Rob Ruiters of the
RCMP put their heads together to stop cargo theft.
who already has a reputation as an innovative fellow determined to
improve the image of the trucking industry, now wants to improve its
On Tues. Oct. 30, at a Husky Truckstop near Toronto and with Ruiters at
his side, Petroschke unveiled a fleetwide Crimestoppers awareness
Surrounded by local press, members of Crimestoppers and various curious
onlookers, Petroschke showed off a factory-fresh 53-ft Utility trailer
decorated with Crimestoppers logo and phone number (1-800-222-TIPS) on
the sides as well as in smaller letters on the rear cargo doors.
The trailer will go into active interprovincial service and work as a
national awareness builder designed to help keep our transportation
While he won't be outfitting his whole fleet with the giant logos,
Petroschke will be putting the contact information on the rear trailer
doors across the fleet as well as on other printed corporate materials.
"With the rapid growth of the [trucking] industry," he said, "Totalline
recognizes the increasing risks associated with the criminal element
targeting the transportation system and supports law enforcement to
reduce these risks and make transportation more secure."
Crimestoppers is a civilian non-profit organization that rewards people
who supply the police with information about a crime if the information
leads to an arrest. The names of the informants are kept anonymous so
the culprits or suspects have no way of knowing who called in the tips.
Ruiters said Totalline's Crimestoppers signs will not only alert people
to watch for trucking-related crime but also just serve to raise
awareness for any types of criminal activity.
Primarily, though, he says he knows that "if anybody knows what's going
on out there on our roads, it's truckers. This is just a way to
encourage them to report anything they see that's suspicious. Courtesy of Today's Trucking