On trends of cargo theft in US ports
The conditions at congested US ports are partially to blame for a shift in cargo theft in Q3/2021 compared to the same period a year before, a study jointly conducted by TT Club, London and BSI, New Jersey, concludes.
Storage facilities, targeted in 45% of reported cases, were up 20% of recorded cases compared to Q3/2020.
In contrast, hijacking and robbery of vehicles declined from 67% to about 25% this year, coincidental with a rise in theft of cargo units in unsecured storage areas. These are often traditional warehouses and depots where containers and trailers are being held awaiting collection, many of which are temporary facilities in port areas without adequate security regimes.
Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s managing director, loss prevention, commented: “There is little doubt that the problems of supply chain disruption, particularly container congestion at ports and inland hubs, is creating increased opportunities for thieves. The static nature of cargo in these circumstances, often stored in temporary and less secure facilities, leads to criminal ingenuity adapting the modus operandi of theft in a typically resourceful way.” (sh)