As Independence Day approaches, so does one of the top weeks of the year for cargo theft. Cargo Net, a division of Verisk Crime Analytics, has issued a warning to carriers and drivers for the upcoming week about the potential for increased activity by cargo thieves. In the past three years, the July 1-7 week has accounted for nearly 76 cargo theft incidents and nearly $11 million in loss value.
Cargo Net posted this infographic with its warning, showing the top targeted commodities (food and beverage, electronics and metal) and the top states — CA, FL, TX, GA, IL — from the July 1-7 theft data for the last three years:
HG Logistics, LLC, a third party logistics company and freight broker located in Cincinnati, OH is dedicated to providing you with the best service possible. This not only means ensuring the safety of our drivers but also ensuring that our loads are delivered in a safe and timely manner. With the holiday week approaching, HG recommends these 3 tips to make sure that cargo theft doesn’t happen to you:
Keep the cargo moving: The longer a loaded trailer or container sits unattended, the higher the risk for theft, plain and simple.
Focus on “hot spots” and “hot times”: As noted earlier, cargo theft is highly concentrated in 5 states, and if you drill down further, in certain cities, neighborhoods, and truck stops and other parking areas. Also, thefts occur more frequently on weekends (especially Saturdays) so focus your security efforts in the places and times they are most likely to occur.
Know who you’re working with: Having your cargo stolen from an unattended lot is one thing, but getting deceived by a thief in broad daylight because you didn’t perform proper due diligence is another. Thieves are getting more creative and sophisticated so you must have a robust carrier qualification process and follow it consistently.
For more information on HG Logistics, LLC, please contact our General Manager, Doug Bierman at (513)-520-7809.