4th of July Cargo Theft

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Fourth of July weekend is right around the corner. Americans around the country will take time off of work to celebrate our country’s liberty with family and friends, and rightfully so.

After all, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. It states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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These are happy times in the land of the free, but TRUCKERS BEWARE:

The five most popular states for cargo theft surrounding the July Fourth holiday are Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Illinois, according to CargoNet data.

The most common targets around the fourth of July holiday are food and beverages and electronics and metals (more info shown in the image below). In 2015, total loss during the Fourth of July weekend estimated to be close to $11M.

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Food and Beverage Theft

The top theft locations have been truck stops, warehouses and parking lots. Haul Hound a company with offerings that are self-described as a “Digital Freight Matching App for Truckers”, notes that people in the industry do not typically label food and beverage as a highly targeted commodity. However, the company’s paper on cargo theft  describes the commodity as one that is attractive due to its untraceable features, low cost/ low security, and its ability to be consumed rather quickly.

Cargo crimes rise as much as 40 percent on holiday weekends compared to non-holiday weekends, according to security consulting firm FreightWatch International. As a side note, it’s important to note that non-holiday weekend are most definitely targeted for theft activity, especially between the hours of 3AM and 5AM.

July Fourth Cargo Theft Trends

(Source: CargoNet)
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Chloe Chavez

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