According to FrieghtWatch International, holiday weekends are notorious for an increase in cargo theft, because organized cargo theft rings know that holiday weekends mean that many loads will be left unattended for an extended length of time.
Labor Day weekend of 2012 saw a record 63% increase in cargo theft.
Freight Watch recommends that trucking professionals take extra precautions to secure cargo, including reviewing safety protocols and making sure they’re comprehensive and up to date.
“Also, in order to mitigate criminal’s attempts to exploit cargo at rest, double check that receiver’s hours of operation for the holiday weekend are consistent with scheduled delivery times. If available, covert tracking and active monitoring of high value shipments is highly recommended recommended as it has proven to be the most effective protocol to mitigate in-transit theft,” FreightWatch advises.