CargoNet: Supply Chain Crime High in TX, CA and FL
April 27, 2021
CargoNet reports similar levels of supply chain crime activity as first-quarter
2020, despite changes to targeted commodities and tactics used by cargo thieves.
Overall, reports of industry-related fraud schemes increased while outright
theft of trucking vehicles or cargo decreased slightly.
CargoNet recorded 289 thefts or attempted thefts in the supply chain in the
first-quarter of 2021. This is a decrease from first-quarter 2020 that was
mostly felt in fewer theft schemes targeting truckload copper shippers in
Illinois, trailer burglaries in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, and fewer
full-truckload thefts in Pennsylvania. In total, each cargo theft event in
first-quarter 2021 was worth an average of $142,574.
activity in the first-quarter 2021 was highest in Texas, California, and Florida
and all three states reported significant increases in theft. Theft activity in
Florida fell in February, but spiked significantly in March 2021. This paved the
way for a 26% year-over-year increase in theft activity in the state.
Historically, theft was most frequent around Miami, but recently has shifted to
truck stops and retail parking lots in the Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando
For California and Texas, CargoNet's Analysts have worked to prevent
victimization by releasing several warnings about commodities and locations of
concern to CargoNet members so they can harden their supply chains to theft. We
continue to monitor crime patterns in both states - specifically frequent
attacks on truckload computer electronics shippers in Northern and Southern
California. Pilferage and full-truckload theft of computer electronics shipments
in California have increased 88% year-over-year and we expect thefts to continue
until supply can meet market demands.