officials and the trucking industry are losing the battle against
cargo theft, The Sacramento Bee reported recently.
Marc Gomez of the California Highway Patrol told the newspaper that
while the number of thefts is rising, the amount of merchandise
that is recovered is low – despite new techniques and technology
to fight the thefts.
is a very difficult fight," Gomez said. "We have a very
small window to catch these thieves before they unload the trailer,
and too many of these thefts get reported too late.”
have a 50-50 chance of recovering freight lost in a theft if it
is reported right away. However, he told The Bee, early reporting
are not small-time crooks,” he said. “They are very sophisticated
crime organizations that have the technology, the manpower, the
experience and the patience to do this."
the 561 cases of cargo theft reported to the California Highway
Patrol in Northern California in 2002, for example, only 28 full
trucks and 55 trailers were ever recovered.
think cargo theft is a big fear for most trucking companies because
not only are you losing cargo, but it also makes you look bad to
companies and they might not want to use your business if you're
not secure," Louis Stewart of Freight Solutions Providers said.
"That's why security is a huge priority for us and for most
other trucking companies."