Truckers should keep close watch on their goods during Thanksgiving weekend, as for the past three years, the incidence of theft has risen to a daily average of 10.5 thefts during the holiday weekend compared to the usual average of 2.6 thefts per day, according to FreightWatch International.
Thieves target Georgia and the interstate highway hub of Atlanta, making it the second most active area of crime during Thanksgiving. Holiday thieves, according to FreightWatch, target electronics, clothing and shoes, and food and drink.
During the days leading up to Thanksgiving last year, notable cargo thefts included the taking of a truckload of televisions and Blu-ray players in California, a truckload of computer chips in Illinois, and in New Jersey, a truckload of clothing. Thieves also stole $550,000 dollars worth of baby formula.
“Organized theft rings are active, and they understand increased supply chain volume translates into more shipments,” the company said. “Logistics and security professionals need to ensure security protocols are up to date and in line with industry best practices for both in-transit and warehouse operations — both will be heavily targeted over the holiday.”