Cargo theft reporting during January 25-31 was down significantly from the week prior
After last week’s record high numbers for 2017, which saw documented thefts rise to almost three times more than the week before, cargo theft plummeted by eleven incidents. Only seven events occurred this week, and all of the thefts happened over the weekend.
Four additional events from the week of January 17-24 were received by CargoNet, the industry authority in cargo theft prevention and recovery.
Georgia took the week’s top spot for the most highly targeted location, with three confirmed incidents. The commodities stolen included food and beverage items, electronics, and a trailer. They were taken from a parking lot, a secured yard, and a truck stop.
California and Florida followed closely behind with two events each. The goods stolen from California were a tractor and electronics, which happened at a secured yard. The Florida thefts involved household goods along with food and beverage items. They happened in a parking lot and on the side of the road.
Cargo theft reporting during January 25-31 found that this week’s hottest commodity was food and beverage, with four thefts occurring in four different states. Other targeted goods included electronics, household items, and building materials.
Of the eleven total hijackings reported, 72% of the cases involved a stolen tractor, trailer, or both.
Parking lots were prime spots to steal cargo, with four reported incidents this week. Secured yards and truck stops were popular sites to hit, both had two documented events. Other locations targeted included the side of the road and an unsecured yard.
Forty-nine cargo theft incidents were reported during the month of January. There were an equal number of tractor and trailer losses, 27 of each were hijacked. Food and beverage items were the most targeted commodity, while secured yards were the go-to place for thieves to break in to. The top three targeted states were California, Texas, and Florida.
To discover out what commodities and locations were targeted the previous week see the January 26 cargo theft incident report.