(International Freighting Weekly – David Badger)
More trucks are hijacked, but better security means gangs are forced to target lower-value shipments
Cargo crime in the US hit another record high in 2011, as criminal gangs escaped with hauls worth an average of almost $320,000 – but this figure is down on recent years. In its annual U.S. Cargo Theft Report, FreightWatch International, a global logistics security services provider, said 974 cargo theft incidents were recorded last year.
CEO Barry Conlon said: “While the rate of theft continues to rise, we are pleased to see the average value per incident begin to decline. This shows that shippers, and the industry as a whole, are beginning to secure their high-value cargo more effectively, forcing criminals to target less-valuable loads.” Read more here.
Date: January 23, 2012