February 15-21 cargo theft incidents decline

Cargo theft is down this week, with nine domestic events reported, half as much as the previous week.  This is contrary to the trend that was threatening to develop in the first half of February, which saw forty-two cargo thefts recorded, two-thirds of the total amount of activity that was reported in January.

Only one more incident from the week of February 7th through February 14th, was received by CargoNet, the industry leader in cargo theft prevention and recovery efforts.  Nearly all of the activity was classified as theft, with the exception of an occurrence of burglary and theft in Florida, and suspicious activity in California.

California and Texas were this week’s most targeted states, with two incidents recorded each. Thefts also transpired in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

The other incident in California was the theft of a trailer on Thursday the 16th.  The reported events in Texas were both thefts of household items.  One incident occurred on Tuesday the 14th at a truck stop and the other happened in a parking lot over the weekend.

February 15-21 cargo theft reporting discovered that the week’s hottest commodity was household items, with three reported thefts. Other targeted commodities included food and beverage goods, along with vehicles and accessories.

One pharmaceutical and medical freight theft happened at a secured lot in North Carolina on Wednesday the fifteenth.

Of the ten incidents reported, two tractors and five trailers were also stolen.

Parking lots were the top places to hijack cargo from, with three incidents reported.  Warehouse and distribution centers, secured yards, and a truck stop were also targeted this week.

To find out if the commodities and locations that were pursued by thieves this week are on trend with activity earlier in the month, see the cargo theft summaries from February 9th and February 16th.


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