According to Cargo Net, in the first quarter of 2017 $28.7 million has been stolen in cargo. The average loss per incident is said to be around $149,522. 31% of all cargo thefts are in food and beverage with the most thefts happening in secured yards, warehouses, and parking lots. California is the most frequent area for incidents to happen. They have a 40% increase year over year in cargo thefts.
These are the 10 counties with the most cargo thefts:
- Los Angeles County, CA
- Dallas County, TX
- San Bernardino, County, CA
- Cook County, IL
- Miami Dade County, FL
- Harris County, TX
- Tarrant County, TX
- Middlesex County, NJ
- Will County, IL
- Riverside County, CA
Two years ago Becker Logistics had $112,000 worth of copper stolen. Becker thought they hired a carrier we had been working with for 8 years to bring the load from Alabama to Chicago. What we found out too late was that the carrier had gone out of business and someone else had stolen their name and purchased insurance so that brokers would not suspect what was happening. The theft was successful: the copper was stolen and Becker ended up having to pay the company for the lost cargo.
Around the same time a similar situation happened with Becker Logistics with a load of nuts. The people who stole the authority came with a different truck as well. In, this situation the shipper ended up taking care of it.
These are not isolated incidents. Law enforcement is making strides in preventing cargo crime but criminals are getting more savvy as well. Companies are learning that they now have to safeguard their loads so that they will have as few thefts as possible. Unfortunately, like Becker Logistics, many of these companies are learning the hard way that they need to check every little thing before sending the shipments out.