According to the latest report by CargoNet, 2017 was one of the safest years with a significant decline in reported cargo thefts.

CargoNet reported a total of 741 cargo theft events in Canada and the United States of America in 2017, down from 836 in 2016.

Apart from these 741 cargo theft events, CargoNet also reported that there were 1,479 events of stolen tractors, trailers, and intermodal chassis and containers in the United States of America and Canada during 2017.

The majority of the five states with the most cargo thefts showed a significant decrease last year. CargoNet attributes that decline to successful law enforcement investigations in 2016.

Statistics presented by CargoNet in its report include:

  • California saw the biggest decline in cargo thefts because of successful investigations. Cargo thefts in the state declined by a whopping 32 percent.
  • In New Jersey, cargo thefts declined by 13 percent. It is important to note that the New Jersey State Police maintains specialized cargo theft units that work with local and county law enforcement agencies. This strategy may have helped in decreasing the cargo theft rate.
  • In 2016, there were more than 100 events of cargo thefts of food and beverage items. Food and beverage items made up 22 percent of all cargo thefts in 2016. In 2017, however, food and beverage thefts also declined significantly.

Additionally, some useful stats that can help you plan accordingly and avoid similar events of cargo thefts are:

  • Most cargo theft events happen on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • According to the 2017 report, Friday amounted to 19 percent of all cargo theft events
  • Saturday accounted for 17%, while Sunday accounted for 16 percent
  • In 37 percent of cases, the cargo was stolen because it was left unattended for multiple days without electronic tracking of any kind
  • During 2017, 18 percent of all cargo theft events occurred at a fenced yard location* 

*CargoNet doesn’t believe that fenced yard locations are more desirable targets for cargo thefts. Instead, it is more common for a yard to be fenced at the hot spots for cargo thefts, e.g., industrial areas of most metropolitan areas.

The good news for truckers and carriers is that the cargo theft numbers are on the decline. With the right information and knowledge, truckers can be more vigilant of what to do and what not to do.

Moreover, as the trucking industry becomes more connected and embraces modern-day technology, like tracking equipment and electronic logging devices, these numbers will improve even more.

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