Cargo Theft Statistics...

From HighBeam
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Between January 2005 and June 2008, we compiled 42 months of thefts from ICSC (International Cargo Security Council and TAPA (Transported Asset Protection Association) reports and other information, including Internet-based local news articles. While this data does not represent the full universe of all cargo thefts, we believe that the information is substantial enough to enable users to make more informed logistics decisions.

Consumer goods, food and clothing are top targets

The goods listed below account for about 70% of the total number of goods stolen in cargo thefts.

Consumer electronics, principally televisions, DVD players and other electronics (15.1%)
Food/food products (14.2%)
Apparel (clothing and footwear) (9.9%)
Computers and related equipment (7.6%)
Metals (5.2%)
Pharmaceuticals (both prescription and over-the-counter) (4.9%)
Tires (4.2%)
Wine, spirits & beer (3.6%)
Appliances (2.4%)
Cell phones (2.4%)

Cargo theft is a nationwide problem, but the 12 states listed below have had the highest number of thefts. It should be noted that some of these states may unfairly rank high on this list because they have more robust cargo theft reporting protocols. However, we have determined that this ranking is consistent with the general consensus among the shipping and transportation industries.

1. California
2. Georgia
3. Florida
4. Texas
5. Tennessee
6. New Jersey
7. North Carolina
8. South Carolina
9. Pennsylvania
10. Mississippi
11. Kentucky
12. Illinois

Beware the weekend

The compiled data also demonstrates that certain days of the week are more likely targeted for cargo thefts than others. Weekends are the busiest time for cargo theft. In fact, 52% of the thefts occur between Friday evening and Monday morning. Cargo is most at risk for theft when the loads are at rest during the weekend.

Monday--202 occurrences
Tuesday--133 occurrences
Wednesday--164 occurrences
Thursday--134 occurrences
Friday--203 occurrences
Saturday--223 occurrences
* Sunday--257 occurrences

Logistics matter

Our data revealed that the most likely place for thefts to occur were established truck stops and rest areas, accounting for 39% of the thefts. Modal yards, owned, operated or managed by trucking companies, railroads or steamship lines were next with 27%. Unsecured location drop lots, motel, restaurant and mall parking lots and on-street sites were the locations for one-fourth of the thefts. Warehouse burglaries, which were on the rise during the first two quarters of 2007, accounted for 6%. Hijackings represented 3%.