According to FreightWatch International, the holiday season typically sees an increase in cargo thefts.
Over the last three Thanksgiving holidays, an average 10.5 thefts occurred per day, which is more than three times the annual average of 2.6 thefts per day.
Typically, food items are the most commonly stolen cargo– not so during the holidays. Electronics, clothing and shoes are the most targeted product type during the holiday season.
In addition, Georgia typically ranks 5th as the most dangerous cargo theft state, however, during the holiday season, Georgia jumps to 2nd.
Freight Watch International recommends GPS tracking with active monitoring devices on all cargo.
From FreightWatch: 2012 Holiday Season Standouts:
- November 21, full truck load of 3D televisions and Blu-ray players stolen in California.
- November 22, over $550K dollars’ worth of infant formula was stolen from an unsecured lot in Texas.
- November 24, $540K dollars in copper stolen in Illinois.
- November 25, full truck load theft of clothing in New Jersey.
- November 25, full truck load theft of computer memory chips from Illinois.