February 8-15 cargo theft incidents continue to rise

Cargo theft is trending upwards again this week, with eighteen domestic incidents registered, which is three more than the week prior.  Every day had at least one event reported, but the majority of thefts occurred on Thursday and Friday, the ninth and tenth.  Nine more incidents from the week of January 31st through February 7th were received by CargoNet, the industry authority in cargo theft prevention and recovery.

Florida was the week’s most targeted state, with five confirmed incidents.  The commodities stolen were vehicles and accessories, two tractors, and commercial/industrial goods.  The events happened in both an unsecured and secured yard, a parking lot, and at a warehouse.  Four of the incidents were thefts and one was reported as fraud.

California and Texas followed closely with four and three events respectively.  One of the incidents reported was a pharmaceutical and medical theft on Friday February 2nd.  The cargo was stolen along with a box truck from a California warehouse.

February 8-15 cargo theft reporting found that the week’s hottest commodity was a tie between household items and food and beverage, with four recorded occurrences each. Other targeted commodities included vehicles and accessories, personal care items, commercial/industrial goods, metals, electronics, and building materials.

Out of the twenty-seven thefts reported, twelve tractors and twelve trailers were also taken.

Secured yards narrowly edged out other locations for the top spot to steal cargo from, with six reported incidents this week.  Warehouses, truck stops, and parking lots trailed closely with four or more events each.  One incident occurred on route in North Carolina, involving a shipment of electronics.

To find out if the commodities and locations that were targeted this week track similarly to last year’s cargo theft trends, check out the 2016 Cargo Theft Incident Report.


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