BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The TSA is warning trucking companies, their drivers and law enforcement agencies that terrorists could be planning to steal trucks and using them to kill.
The TSA warns that no community, small or large in the city or in the county is immune to what they call a vehicle ramming attack.
It’s a new wave of attacks, terrorists are hijacking trucks and using them as killing machines.
“It’s real, it can happen, be aware,” says homeland safety expert Michael Greenberger of the University of Maryland School of Law.
The six-page report obtained by CBS News references 17 vehicle-ramming attacks worldwide over the past 3 years, which lead to 173 deaths and more than 700 wounded.
A recent SUV attack in London left four people dead. In Ohio, a student drove his car into a crowd and injured 11 people, and last July in France, 86 people were killed when a truck loaded with guns and grenades plowed into a crowd.
Experts are worried it’s catching on.
“I believe there will be copy cats, statistically speaking, ISIS recruits about 50 people a day nationally,” says former FBI agent Manuel Gomez.
Trucking companies and rental agencies are being warned to stay vigilant. Police departments across the country are already focused on the threat.
The American Trucking Association put out a statement saying they’re disturbed but understand why their industry is “attractive for the sorts of attacks” adding they’ve “deployed significant safety measures.”
“If someone rents vans or trucks and one is stolen, that should be reported,” Greenberger says.
Greenberger says while the attacks can be tragic, he’s confident authorities across the U.S. are being proactive.
“It’s a problem that has a good chance of being headed off by effective law enforcement and policing,” he said.
Baltimore City police says they are aware of these report and urge people to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.
The TSA report was also shared with bus companies as well as the school bus industry.