In tracking cargo theft activity by state as reported to the Supply Chain Information Sharing and Analysis Center, in the second quarter of 2011 we see California moving back to its spot at the top and New Jersey dropping to second followed by Georgia. Texas fell back in the number of incidents and that could be the result of some major indictments against a group of Florida transplants and local gang members made by law enforcement in the Dallas area.
Last year, California had by far reported the most cargo theft activity in North America, holding the top spot the entire year. Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee had each appeared as one of the top reporting states for the past year and remain in the top eight.
Where Thefts Occur
Cargo thieves continue to strike in the many different locations where trucks, trailers and cargo come to rest. In 2010, we saw the theft locations trend change from truck stop to carrier facility, whereas in the first quarter of 2011, the parking and unsecured lot found its way to the top of the chart. In the second quarter of 2011, the lot and carrier facilities had more activity than truck stops. Over a period of time, this tells us that these load thefts will happen at almost any location where the rig and cargo come to rest.
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