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.”

(Previous Blog: Total loss of $173M in 2016… read more)

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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Cargo Theft Is Increasing – Protect Your Cargo

cargo-theftThe most reported cases of cargo theft in 2016 occurred in Texas, California, and New Jersey, respectively.

In 2016, the United States and Canada experienced a total of 836 cargo thefts.

  • Totaling a loss of $172,915,707
  • That’s an average loss of $206,836.97 per cargo theft
  • Eight percent rise in tractor theft, compared to 2015
  • Including 623 stolen tractors
  • Four percent rise is trailer theft, compared to 2015
  • Including 732 trailer thefts
  • Combined, there were 1,614 cases of cargo theft, heavy commercial vehicle theft, and supply chain fraud.

Source: American Journal of Transportation

WAR-LOK operates out of Dallas, Texas, this high-level of theft occurs in our very own backyard. This injustice is maddening and downright dirty. The WAR-LOK team will continue to do what we can to educate our customers on the ways to protect cargo, and fulfill our mission to provide a dependable means of cargo security.

[Fourth of July holiday weekend is a common target… read more]

Video: Thief Cuts Through Low-Quality Padlock

Unfortunately, a WAR-LOK padlock was not used to secure these trailer doors (shown in the video above). Our padlocks are heavy duty, with shackles made of boron steel. Additionally, all WAR-LOK products are made with a rotating disk cylindrical core, making our locks incredibly hard to pick, especially out in the field.

When purchasing cargo locks, please be mindful that this is not the the time for saving a few bucks. As shown above, this trailer owner/ truck driver would have earned back their money and avoided possible damage to their reputation by purchasing a quality lock.

For an increased level of security to protect your high-risk loads, consider the Trailer Door Lock and Hasp, as well as our CTL-10 and UTL-10. All product are listed below.

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