Cargo Theft on the Rise

War-lok blog
Part Number:
Price: $0.00
Ships Direct From Manufacturer
The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates cargo theft costs the US $30 billion annually. This astronomical number continues to climb as the number of multiple trailers stolen at one time increased by 50% from 2010 to 2011. Canada has estimated its cargo theft has cost the economy $5 billion each year.

Everyone suffers the ramifications of cargo thefts. Drivers run the risk of being harmed during these types of theft, retailers are losing their valuables, and consumers are paying more for the goods to alleviate the cost of the stolen merchandise. 

Instead of hoping this doesn't happen, you can take a few measures to reduce the likelihood of your cargo being targeted by thieves. Truck drivers should have adequate training on what to do if they are ever put in a situation where their cargo is being hi-jacked. Your life is not worth defending any cargo, you should just cooperate and flee the scene quickly. 

Always parking in a secure lot with sufficient lighting, monitoring systems, and higher traffic areas often deters thieves due to the higher risk of being caught. Keeping track of current theft trends can also help you determine your routes and where to stop. In 2010 food and beverages surpassed electronics as the most sought-after items. You should also be aware of certain states such as Florida, California, Texas, and New Jersey as these states yield the most cargo thefts in the US. 

It is also wise to take extra precautions during holidays or long weekends. Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, and the Christmas season are when cargo is most likely to be stolen. Thieves can target vulnerable trailers that are left unattended in terminals or drop yards. 

To help prevent cargo theft, multiple drivers can be sent on the most dangerous routes or during the more dangerous times of the year. Adding security measures to the yards where the cargo may be kept until it can be received can help as well. Also, locks are always a great way to deter potential thieves. 

Locking a trailer with a kingpin lock or gladhand lock may discourage thieves. Drivers may think that large locks make their cargo a target for thieves. This notion is untrue, thieves will more often choose the easiest target. 

Unique Truck carries a full line of War-Lok kingpin and gladhand locks. We help you to keep your load secure.