Cargo Thefts Still High in 2013

A little more than 2 and a half truck cargo thefts occurred every day in the United States last year. In 2013, there were 951 thefts, the same number of thefts there were in 2012, which was a record high for the industry. These numbers come from a new FreightWatch International report.

Cargo thieves increasingly targeted trucks carrying pharmaceutical loads (50% increase) and food and drink loads (34% increase, which excludes alcoholic beverage loads). However, while pharmaceuticals only accounted for 4% of all loads stolen, food and drink accounted for 27%. According to FreightWatch, this is because security for food and drink loads is often more lax than for other loads such as electronics.

Still, this hasn’t deterred thieves from going after electronics as well. Electronics accounted for 14% of all loads stolen, and at an average of $397,000 per load, were the highest in average stolen load value.

As far as where and when the most loads were stolen, California and Texas were the top two spots for cargo theft, with 259 and 123 loads stolen respectively. Friday and Saturday were the most popular days for thefts, and June and September were the months with the highest activity.


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