CargoNet — a cargo theft prevention and recovery network — reported that 2017 was one of the safest years with fewer cargo thefts.
According to the report by CargoNet, there were in total 741 cargo theft events in Canada and the United States of America in 2017, which is a noticeable decrease from 2016 when 836 cargo theft events were recorded.
The report also recorded 1,479 events of stolen tractors, trailers, and intermodal chassis and containers in the U.S. and Canada during 2017.
Most of the top five states with the greatest number of cargo theft crimes showed a decline in 2017. CargoNet attributed the improvement to successful law enforcement investigations in 2016.
Here are some statistics and facts that you might like to know from the report by CargoNet:
- California saw a significant decline of 32% in cargo theft events during 2017 owing to successful investigations in the state.
- In New Jersey, cargo thefts declined by 13%. The decline can be attributed to the New Jersey Police that maintains specialized cargo theft units. They collaborate with local and county law enforcement agencies.
- Food and beverage items made up 22% of all cargo thefts in 2016, whereas, in 2017, the rate dropped significantly.
- Most cargo theft crimes occurred on weekends, i.e., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In 2017’s cases, Friday amounted to 19%, Saturday accounted for 17%, and Sunday accounted for 16% of all cargo theft events.
- 37% of cargo theft cases happened because the cargo was left unattended for multiple days without electronic tracking of any kind.
- 18% of all cargo theft events occurred at a fenced yard location. However, according to CargoNet, fenced yard locations aren’t necessarily “hot spots” for cargo theft events. Instead, the report by CargoNet suggests that yards are more likely to be fenced in big metropolitan areas where there is a high probability of cargo theft events.
The decline in cargo theft events across the country is good news for truckers. As electronic logging devices, tracking devices, and new technology become more common in the trucking industry, cargo theft events will continue to dwindle.