CargoNet received reports of more than 1,500 incidents of stolen commercial-vehicle cargo or equipment in the United States and Canada during 2015, the theft prevention and recovery network said.
Cargo theft accounted for 58% of the reports, or 881 incidents, said CargoNet, a division of Verisk Analytics.
That was up from 844 reports of cargo theft in 2014, the network said.
The remaining 619 reports involved stolen heavy commercial vehicles — a truck, trailer, chassis, container, box truck that does not contain cargo or identity theft of trucking companies, the company said.
“We can estimate the value of stolen cargo in all 881 incidents to be $175.3 million,” a statement form Jersey City, New Jersey-based CargoNet said.
Theft of food or beverages accounted for 28% of the cargo theft incidents, it said.
“This was significantly more than the next highest categories, electronics and household, each of which accounted for 13% of stolen items,” the statement said.