Florida agencies tackle cargo theft

| 2/26/2002

Florida law enforcement agencies are organizing to fight cargo theft from commercial trucks. So far this year, there reportedly have been 31 thefts of $4.4 million in goods.

Officers from a 10-county area met for the first time earlier this month to discuss combating commercial cargo theft. With the number of trucks driving on the state's roadways, and the amount of money lost to theft, the Florida Commercial Vehicle Cargo Theft Task Force was formed to build a network across the state, headed by the state police.

More than 700 thefts - many of them at truckstops - have been reported in the past two years, according to a published report. In the average theft in the state, $104,000 worth of merchandise is reportedly lost.