Cargo theft is a very real issue throughout the United States. Just because the trailers of trucks are locked up and drivers rarely venture too far from their vehicles doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. An infographic recently released by Tyco Integrated Security found cargo theft produces an annual loss of $35 billion.
The logistics industry relies largely on trucks for shipping goods in a timely manner with 67 percent of all freight travels on trucks as revealed by Tyco. These statistics demonstrate companies using trucks to transport their products need to look into improved security measures for their vehicles.
During the time period from September through November, a total of 186 thefts occurred in the United States, an increase of nearly 78 percent from the previous three-month period, according to logistics security services provider FreightWatch.
When are these thefts occurring?
Many drivers may be unaware when their cargo is being compromised by thieves, but in several instances, the driver is either present or nearby when the robbery is happening. The infographic demonstrated 90 percent of cargo theft occurs during transit via trucks.
Where is cargo theft happening most frequently?
There are certain states where truckers need to pay closer attention to their vehicles than others. California, Texas and Florida are the three states with the highest theft rates with 304 instances in California, 173 in Texas and 146 in Florida, according to the infographic.
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