Texas reports most incidents in January 11-17 cargo theft report
Seven incidents were recorded in the January 11-17 cargo theft report, down two from the week prior. Four additional events from 1/3-1/10 were received this week by CargoNet, the industry leader in cargo theft prevention and recovery.
This week Texas took back the top cargo theft hot spot from California after a two-week streak. One of the incidents was classed as fraud, with the theft location and type of cargo taken unreported. The second event, which took place later in the week sometime between Saturday and Sunday, happened at a truck stop with the total loss of a tractor, trailer and cargo. The commodity stolen was building materials.
Nine other states reported cargo theft incidents this week. The majority of events were classed as thefts, but fraud was on the rise, with additional reports coming in from Rhode Island at a warehouse and Arizona at a truck stop.
The hottest commodity to steal this week was food and beverage freight, accounting for more than 36% of all recorded cargo theft incidents. Other commodities stolen were building materials and household items. 54% percent of all recorded cargo theft incidents involved stolen tractors and/or trailers.
The country’s only pharmaceutical and medical goods theft occurred on Wednesday the 4th. The hijacking happened in a Florida parking lot and only the cargo was stolen.
Warehouses and distribution centers were the most frequently targeted destination for cargo thieves this week. Incidents occurred in Washington, New England, and Rhode Island. Interestingly, the commodity targeted at all warehouse locations was food and beverage freight.
Additional thefts occurred in truck stops, parking lots and secured yards around the country.
To find out what commodities and locations have been targeted in the the month of January, see last week’s cargo theft incident report.