Number of cargo theft incidents falls while load value jumps, FreightWatch reports

| December 20, 2013

cargo theftThe number of cargo thefts recorded in the rolling quarter between September and November was 222 — an 8 percent jump from the prior quarter (June-August), but a small decrease from the prior rolling three months, when 231 cargo thefts were reported, according to data released by FreightWatch International this week.


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However, the value loss per load increased from both, jumping 47 percent from June-August’s $166,454 and 57 percent from July-September’s $154,866 to an average of $244,604.

Food and drink loads and electronics — usually the two hottest targets for cargo thieves — remained so in the quarter, and each saw an uptick in thefts and percentage of total thefts, presumably due to an uptick in holiday-related freight, both in food and van loads.

Food and drink loads accounted for 25 percent (55) of the loads stolen, and electronics made up 17 percent (37) of the stolen loads. Food and drink loads usually account for about 20 percent of lost loads in three-month periods, and electronics usually make up about 12 percent. 

Targeted food and drink loads include meats, cereals, carbonated drinks and prepared foods, FreightWatch said. Electronics loads included televisions, computers and computer accessories. 


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Home/garden goods accounted for 21 thefts, 9 percent, of incidents. Metals accounted for 9 percent, while clothing/shoes and miscellaneous categories each made up 8 percent. 

California once again saw the majority of the thefts, this time accounting for 36 percent of the total — 81 thefts. Florida, Texas, Illinois and Georgia round out the top five, which combined accounted for more than 75 percent of all thefts reported in the quarter. 

Per location, unsecured parking made up 79 percent (110) of the thefts, while secured parking made up 12 percent, 16 thefts. Facility thefts made up 1 percent, falling from 17 in the prior quarter to just one in this one, according to FreightWatch. 

Theft of trailer or container made up a big majority of thefts in the quarter — 77 percent, 170 incidents — which is usual trend, FreightWatch says. Theft from trailer/container rose from the prior quarter to 21 from 13 incidents, making up 9 percent of total loads stolen. 

Other forms of theft — facility burglary, last-mile courier, deceptive pickup and hijacking — accounted for 6 percent.

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  • guest

    Sure Calif also has the highest number of Hardup illegal aliens too. Our government is INVITING these criminal Aliens into OUR country…they quicly turn to CRIME. Our Gov. is not FIGHTING crime they are INVITING crime…Mccain and Obama have GUARDS…they are real Cheerful about this illegal alien PROBLEM…they have no concern at all. THEY are not affected. WE THE PEOPLE are under attack…Gangs, Home Invasions, Rapes……we cant expect law enforcement to STOP these CRIMES…their Hands are TIED….ICE agents dont do a damn thing…Obama willNOT deport these illegals….CRIME should logically INCREASE as these 3rd world Kooks hop the Fence. Our Prisons are filled with illegal alien CRIMINALS. Homicide Warrants in Phoenix and Los Angeles are 90% for illegal aliens……Our Gov. is assisting in this MAYHEM……Eisenhower and Truman DEPORTED Millions of illegals quickly…….Those Men were Patriots and recognized the THREAT. Today our silly Gov “officials” are more concerned with Gay Rights issues..they encourage CRIME. Communists destroying OUR country.

  • mousekiller

    It is not over yet. With the new credo “we need more drivers” the carriers are using it’ll get worse real quick. Bringing in so called drivers from many different countries with totally different driving styles and regulations to fill the seats American drivers won’t, it will be a challenge to operate around them safely.
    No reason to have your loads stolen. There is too many types of security devices to prevent it. That and a brain in gear behind the wheel to begin with. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.