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Cargo Theft, Loss Prevention, and Supply Chain Security by Dan Burges

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17

Rail and Pipeline Security

INFORMATION IN THIS CHAPTER:

• Targeting by criminals of the railroad and what they steal

• Components of the railroad system that leave cargo vulnerable to theft

• Methods for keeping cargo secure while being shipped via rail and intermodal transportation

• Security issues beyond loss prevention with pipelines in the United States

The nation’s railroad system hauls as much as 45% of our country’s freight measured in ton miles. Competing with other modes of transportation—maritime, air, and road—the railroad continues to remain a critical piece of the supply chain, ideal for moving bulk products and commodities such as coal, ore, and chemicals.

In 2002, the rail system in the United States moved 1.5 trillion ton ...

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