NEXUS - Commercial Vehicle Operators
Protecting their City and their Country!
NYTDA members and drivers are acutely aware that trucks are, and have proven to be, a preferred delivery system
of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists, both foreign and homegrown. Everything from sophisticated
electronically detonated explosives and bio-weapons to homemade bombs can be often easily delivered to high
population areas using what appears to be everyday delivery vehicles.

Here are some things to look for and to report to our NYPD Nexus partners:
Operation Nexus
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have agreed to transmit this Operation Nexus “Best Practices” message to their members.

Operation Nexus is driven by the NYPD’s belief that individuals seeking to commit acts of terrorism may
portray themselves as legitimate customers in order to purchase or lease certain materials or
equipment, or to undergo certain formalized training to acquire important skills or licenses. There is also
a concern that these individuals may simply steal certain types of vehicles, equipment or materials in the
inventory of legitimate businesses. Whatever the method, once appropriated these items could then be
used to facilitate a terrorist plot.

Through Operation Nexus, the NYPD actively encourages business owners, operators and their
employees to apply their particular business and industry knowledge and experience against each
customer transaction or encounter to discern anything unusual or suspicious that might indicate a link to
terrorism. You are urged to report such instances to local or federal authorities in addition to informing
the NYPD through its counter terrorism hotline at 1-888-NYC-SAFE.

With these goals in mind, the NYPD requests the following list of suspicious activities, though not all
inclusive, be considered as part of “Best Practices” counter-terrorism guidelines for notifying law
enforcement authorities:  

•        An attempt to lease or rent a vehicle based upon personal identification/ documents of questionable
authenticity  (e.g., P.O. Box listed as residence address).
•        Reservations for rental vehicles by person(s) with recently issued forms of identification.
•        Inconsistencies between the reason stated for renting a particular vehicle, if requested by rental
business as part of application process, and the type of vehicle rented (e.g., rental of a large 24-foot truck
for a moving job that typically requires only a 12-foot cargo van).
•        A refusal to rent or inquire as to the availability of rope, boxes, bubblepack, furniture pads, dollies,
hand trucks or other moving supplies by an individual renting a vehicle for a moving job.
•        A rental request at an unusual time of day given the reason for the rental, e.g. renting a truck at night
for a moving job.
•        Specific inquiries regarding the height of a rented vehicle and the height clearances for public
•        An attempt to lease or rent a truck by someone who does not appear to have prior experience driving
such a vehicle (i.e., class, weight, number of axles, etc.).
•        A suspicious employment attempt at your business.

As a participant in Operation Nexus, the NYPD will continue to share information it obtains that might be
useful to association members. In pursuing this cooperative counter-terrorism mission, if you have any
questions or would like more information about Operation Nexus, please visit the NYPD website at www. and locate the Counter Terrorism link.  Notably, the above information is in part a result of
feedback from individuals in your industry and is continuously updated.  If you wish to contribute
additional examples of “Best Practices” guidelines for your industry, please visit the NYPD website.