Cargo thieves shift tactics, targets
Robbers target truckloads of whiskey and syrup instead of cash and electronics.
Shippers have received good news and bad news about the state of global cargo theft in recent months. Reports showed a drop in U.S. incidents during the second quarter of 2016—that's the good news—but a closer look suggests that thieves are simply becoming better at targeting the type of freight they want to steal as well as expanding their horizons.
Cargo thieves have traditionally targeted compact high-value items such as cash and electronics, but lately, improved warehouse security has pushed the crooks to diversify their portfolios and start stealing a range of items, including food, alcohol, and clothing, according to Bloomberg.
Rather than lurking around DCs, cargo thieves are increasingly focused on mobile targets like trucks and trailers. Examples of recent thefts include hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of salmon in Norway, cases of whiskey in London, and truckloads of nuts around the globe, Freightwatch International reports. In another escapade, thieves snatched six pallets of maple syrup destined for Japan from a Montreal company's truck yard, making off with $150,000 in sweet merchandise.
As for the seemingly oddball assortment of items, this may be partly a reflection of the digital age. In past years, these items might have been difficult to resell, but the Internet makes it easy to locate a buyer for almost anything.
Resources Mentioned In This Article
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. If you're not already logged in, you will be asked to log in or register.
Feedback: What did you think of this article? We'd like to hear from you. DC VELOCITY is committed to accuracy and clarity in the delivery of important and useful logistics and supply chain news and information. If you find anything in DC VELOCITY you feel is inaccurate or warrants further explanation, please ?Subject=Feedback - : Cargo thieves shift tactics, targets">contact Chief Editor David Maloney. All comments are eligible for publication in the letters section of DC VELOCITY magazine. Please include you name and the name of the company or organization your work for.