Cargo theft

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Fight Increase in Cargo Theft With High- and Low-Tech Solutions

Averitt Express truck at a security gate For Averitt, the biggest cargo security concerns include situations that are out of drivers’ control, such as severe weather, civil disturbances and when drivers may find themselves in a location where secure parking is scarce. (Averitt Express)

As if 2020 wasn't difficult enough for trucking, the industry also saw a substantial rise in cargo theft. Here's what some fleets are doing to fight it.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
February 23, 2021
Business, Equipment, Safety

Cargo Theft Likely to Increase Over July Fourth Holiday, Report Says

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Though cargo theft is a year-round problem for trucking, it is more of a concern around the July Fourth holiday, according to a report by CargoNet.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 1, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Electronics, Food and Beverages Targeted by Cargo Thieves in Q3

lock on intermodal container Electronics are often at the top of thieves' lists, especially as Christmas approaches. (Getty Images)

Two national cargo theft reports found that top targets for thieves during the third quarter included food and beverages, electronics and nonconsumable household goods such as vacuum cleaners and cleaning products, but while one report found an increase in thefts, the other reported a decline.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2019
Business, Safety

Cargo Thefts Down 14% in Q2; Food, Beverages Most Targeted

Thief trying to steal cargo out of trailer The average value per theft was $152,844, for an estimated loss of $22.9 million in cargo stolen across the United States and Canada in the quarter. (Getty Images)

Cargo thefts are down 14% in the second quarter of 2019, with 150 incidents in the United States and Canada, according to CargoNet, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics Inc. of Jersey City, N.J.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
August 22, 2019
Business, Safety

Cargo Theft Cases Rise in 1Q

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During the first quarter of this year, cargo thefts in the United States rose 25% to 144 reported incidents, with the average loss for each occurrence rising 1% to $116,717, according to a report from the SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Cargo Theft Detective Warns of Thieves’ Sophistication, Organization

Breaking into truck Gregory Dubus

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Gerardo A. Pachuca is a member of Cargo CATS, the department’s team of experienced investigators and one of a handful of multiagency teams in the United States dedicated exclusively to targeting cargo thieves and their receivers.

November 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

As Freight on Trucks Becomes More Valuable, Thieves Get Creative in Their Attempts to Steal It

Parked trailer Cargo theft is an ever-evolving threat for motor carriers. (Getty Images)

Cargo theft is an ever-evolving threat to motor carriers. Keeping cargo safe means defending against not only traditional methods but recognizing and overcoming emerging new tactics and techniques increasingly employed by the bad guys.

November 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Cargo Theft Rising in Canada

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A voluntary reporting system for tracking cargo theft in Canada has led to a database showing a steady rise in thefts, though the true extent of the problem isn’t clear.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
July 11, 2018
Business, Safety, Logistics

Airfreight in Brazil Seen as Way to Overcome Crime, Poor Infrastructure

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Azul SA, Brazil’s newest airline, thinks it can help solve one of the nation’s oldest problems.

June 18, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Four Sentenced for Roles in $30 Million Cargo Theft Ring

cargo theft Gregory Dubus

Four men convicted for their roles in a cargo theft ring that operated from the Midwest to the East Coast were sentenced in federal court in New Albany, Ind., in May.

June 1, 2018