Holiday season a busy time for cargo thieves

Not everyone is in the spirt of the holidays. Some folks have larceny on their minds.

cargo theftNearly 150 reports of theft involving trucks and trailers have been recorded in the U.S. and Canada between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 since 2012, according to cargo theft recording firm CargoNet.

The most common days for cargo theft during the holiday season have been Dec. 29 and Jan. 1, with 11 incidents each on those days. On Dec. 24 10 incidents occurred. In total during the last four holiday seasons, CargoNet recorded $5.8 million in cargo losses.

Texas led the way with 31 thefts during the four-year period, followed by Georgia with 20 and California with 19. Food and beverage items have been the most-targeted, accounting for 31 cargo thefts worth an average of $62,717. Apparel and accessories were the next most common thefts with 10 worth an average of $457,293.

CargoNet says most of the incidents occurred in unsecured locations such as parking lots, truck stops and warehouses.