Rise in Cargo Theft: First Quarter

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Transport Topics’ Associate News Editor Dan Ronan recently published an article describing the increase in cargo theft during the first quarter of this year.  Here is a quick re-cap of what Ronan had to say about the theft. Visit the link at the bottom of this page to read the full article.

Unfortunately for the cargo industry, the beginning of 2019 has brought an increase in cargo theft, rising “25% to 144 reported incidents, with the average loss for each occurrence rising 1% to $116,717” according to Ronan’s article. 

Much of the cargo theft is occurring in the state of California; the article states that one quarter of all U.S. cargo theft occurred in southern California in the first part of this year. Following behind CA wsa Florida and Texas. Majority of the theft across the country took place when cargo was left unattended, in an area with little surveillance and that was left unattended.  Less than 10% of thefts occurred where the cargo was in a “secure” area.  

Less-than-truckload shipments are a popular target for cargo thieves, seeing that they are not under as high of security as a large shipment of valuable products would be.  The thieves target these shipments in hopes that there will be at least a small amount of expensive merchandise within the loads deemed “miscellaneous”. In the U.S., cargo theft looks like thieves raiding unattended trucks and using inattention to their benefit, whereas in Mexico and Central America cargo theft falls more along the lines of aggressive hijacking of cargo vehicles, as told in the article.  

Because security is becoming more efficient and cargo more secure as time moves on, some cargo thieves will call upon company insiders to navigate the security systems and give the insider-scoop on how a company’s supply chain and delivery system works.  As always, it is important to know who you are allowing to handle your product, to not leave goods unattended for long periods of time, and to stay aware of the happenings within your supply chain and employee base. 

Read the full article here: https://www.ttnews.com/articles/cargo-theft-cases-rise-1q?utm_source=safety&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=newsletter&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT0RWaU9ETXhNVE5qWmpBMCIsInQiOiIrMkZ6QVk4NDVYaFBraUhGUTZqTmUyRlwvcDVGY0FoU0Y5YklORFhPeWt0Rll6VlV6djhoSmE1dUVLMWhvNUljSnJTMDJuWGgwNmpWSGU0Um0yWVJPOEFYMGlPQnBkNUF5OWZ1SWlDNTRmK1VtQ3pDWVlEc3NpTk9BaWQrVlVtN1kifQ%3D%3D 

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