As the holiday season approaches, increasing freight movement becomes an opportunity for thieves to target high-value loads.
FreightWatch recorded 77 incidents for the month of October, a 23 percent increase over September’s 55 incidents.
Electronics were the most stolen products in October, with 19 recorded incidents. Clothing/shoes and food/drinks were the second most targeted commodities, with 14 and 11 thefts respectively.
Truck stops continue to be the second most targeted location by cargo thieves. An average of $324,679 estimated loss value resulted from October’s 35 truck-stop incidents.
California continues to report the highest number of thefts, accounting for 34 percent of October’s total reported incidents. Florida, Texas, New Jersey and Georgia remain at the top of the list and continually report slight variances in the number of thefts from month to month.