Stolen cargo recovered in LA

Jill Dunn | November 07, 2011

For the first time this year, the National Retail Federation’s annual Organized Retail Crime survey asked merchants about existing threats before the merchandise hits the shelves. The results, released last June, indicated half of retailers have experienced cargo theft in the past 12 months. Most thefts occur from the distribution center to the store, but nearly 40 percent of incidents take place between the manufacturer and the distribution center and other points along the supply chain.

In 2005, Congress passed a law directing the FBI to begin collecting cargo theft data in its Uniform Crime Reporting program the agency started in 1930. Last year, the agency began accepting test data on this crime category.

The FBI also has partnered with other law enforcement agencies to mitigate cargo theft, including the Memphis Cargo Task Force, which targets criminals preying on trucking and transport companies using the region’s major highways. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.