Truck Cargo Thefts Result $175 Million in Losses

January 29, 2016 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

The value of goods stolen from trucks in the U.S. and Canada nearly doubled last year.

CargoNet, an industry research firm, reported that $175 million in goods were stolen last year, a 94 percent increase from the prior year.

There were 10 thefts each worth more than $1 million in 2015, CargoNet said.

Food and beverages were the most frequently stolen goods, followed by electronics and household items.

California topped the list of states with the most freight-related thefts. CargoNet tracked 158 crimes in the Golden State last year, resulting in a loss of $18.7 million. Texas was the runner up, followed by Florida, Georgia, and New Jersey.

Both California and Texas are large states with lots of freight transport, so it’s not surprising they topped the list. The Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, for example, is the largest in the nation and generates heavy cargo volume.

Nationally, most thefts occurred on Fridays last year.  Wednesdays had the fewest, CargoNet reported. 

Truck Cargo Thefts Result $175 Million in Losses

(Photo: Cargonet)

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