Cargo theft

Business, Safety

Thieves Raiding Rail Cargo Containers in Los Angeles

Shredded boxes and packages at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles Shredded boxes and packages at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles Jan. 14. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES — Thieves have been raiding cargo containers aboard trains nearing downtown Los Angeles for months, taking packages belonging to people across the U.S. and leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes.

January 14, 2022
Business, Safety

Fourth of July Poses Increased Risk for Cargo Thefts

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The Fourth of July holiday weekend could see an increase in cargo thefts based on trends of past years, according to theft prevention and recovery service CargoNet.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
July 1, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety

Truck Cargo Thefts Skyrocketed Amid COVID-19

Trailers A driver secures a trailer. (Allison Transmission)

The trucking industry has seen a surge in cargo thefts since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to experts.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
June 10, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

New ATA Panel Seeks to Strengthen Bond Between Truckers, Law Enforcement

Truck at Otay Mesa Port of Entry A truck crosses from Mexico into the United States at Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new panel of truckers will advise American Trucking Associations’ federation on ways to “grow and strengthen” relationships between the trucking industry and law enforcement organizations nationwide.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 26, 2021
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

Truck parked on dark street Getty Images

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