Labor Day...A Day of Rest, But Not for Cargo Thieves


An extended holiday weekend means cookouts, swimming, quality time with family, and...cargo theft.  Matt Cole,’s News Editor, recently published an article on this topic. Here is a quick snapshot on what he had to say:

For starters, a statistic that cements what happens when cargo is left unattended over a holiday paints a clear picture: there is a 28% increase in theft during these days of celebration and relaxation.  

This calculates to be about three thefts per day, according to the article.  It is important to note that not just Labor Day itself is included in the holiday, rather that it involves the previous Thursday to the following Wednesday.  All of these days are high risk for cargo theft.

How do we prevent the loss of goods during these times?  Cole recommends that we make sure to have up-to-date security protocols and make sure to keep an open line of communication between everyone involved in the supply chain.  Also, do not leave cargo unattended, as this is a simple way to lose a lot.

The article goes on to list statistics on types and dollar amounts of cargo stolen during Labor Day breaks.  Some of these stats include $5.7 million in cell phones from one location and $1.5 million in airsoft equipment from another.  Needless to say, it is expensive to make small mistakes during Labor Day.

Protect your cargo, keep up to date on security measures, and make sure you know who is moving your products where and when.  If you are sure to do these things, you should have no preventable issues. Labor Day is a lot more enjoyable if you are not losing goods while flipping burgers on the grill.

Check out the full article for more information on cargo theft during Labor Day: