Cargo theft in the U.S. is 15 percent lower in 2017 when compared to 2016, along with a negligible increase in average loss value year-over-year, reports recording firm SensiGuard.
In-transit thefts were most common in 2017, accounting for 78 percent of all recorded thefts during the year. Pilferage was the second-most common type of theft during the year, accounting for 15 percent of all thefts. Fictitious pickups saw a dramatic decrease in 2017, falling by 39 percent to account for just 3 percent of thefts. This decrease, SensiGuard says, was a result of the number of arrests, especially in Southern California, of cargo thieves.
Additionally, 75 percent of thefts in 2017 occurred in unsecured parking locations, including public parking areas, truck stops and drop lots.
California continued to lead the nation in cargo thefts in 2017, accounting for 28 percent of thefts in the year. Texas came next with 16 percent of thefts, followed by New Jersey (11 percent), Florida (9 percent) and Georgia (9 percent).