With the holiday weekend upon us, FreightWatch International is warning drivers about the increased risk of cargo theft over the holiday.
According to FreightWatch International, “holiday weekends are of notoriously high risk” for cargo theft. The agency says that cargo theft rings will likely be “extremely active” this upcoming weekend.
“During Memorial Day Weekends in the past, the FreightWatch International Supply Chain Intelligence Center (FWI SCIC) has recorded elevated theft levels up to 40% higher than non-holiday weekends,” FreightWatch International reports.
FreightWatch International recommends that carriers ensure their security measures are up-to-date.
If you’re going to be parking your truck for the weekend, you’re advised to park in a secure, well-lit location.
Notable thefts over Memorial Day Weekend 2012-2014:
2012, Florida, Fictitious Pickup of Produce
2012, New Jersey, Fictitious Pickup of Meats
2012, Florida, Full Truckload of Home & Garden, $500,000
2012, Florida, Full Truckload of NASA Equipment, $500,000
2013, Texas, Full Truckload of Seafood, $250,000
2013, California, Full Truckload of Apparel, $300,000
2013, Florida, Full Truckload of Medication, $300,000
2013, California, Full Truckload of Medication, $386,400
2014, South Carolina, Full Truckload of Cosmetics, $200,000
2014, Florida, Full Truckload of Televisions & Displays, $800,000