It appears even cargo thieves take Christmas Day off but they’re busy in the days leading up the big holiday and during New Years, reports CargoNet.
The firm has reviewed theft data from a 10-day analysis period spanning December 23 to January 2 for the past 5 years in order to help supply chain professionals secure their supply chains for the upcoming holiday period.
Activity was lowest on Christmas Day, but the two days prior accounted for 24 percent of volume in the analysis period.
Analysis also showed a spike in theft on December 23, December 31, and January 1 – which had the most activity of any other day.
Electronics, major appliances, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are most common targets for cargo thieves during the holiday season, CargoNet reports.
The average stolen shipment was valued at $151,199.
Going into this holiday season, the firm said they are most concerned about continued theft activity involving shipments of computer electronics, printer ink, designer apparel, beauty products, tires, and major appliances throughout the Southeastern and Midwestern United States.
Organizations can step up security by arranging for same-day delivery of short-haul shipments, embedding covert tracking devices, and by using high-security locks to prevent trailer burglaries. Drivers should not leave their vehicles or shipments unattended, especially within 250 miles of pickup. Drivers should also be on the lookout for any vehicles that appear to be following them.