Stolen cargo up 17 pct in the U.S. in 2011.

The amount of stolen cargo in the U.S. has increased significantly in 2011, and the total loss related to cargo theft was approximately USD 130 million, says a report from Cargonet.

There has been a 17 percent rise in cargo thefts in 2011 compared to the year before. Thus, last year saw 1,250 acts of theft, while 2010 saw 1,035. It is said that the number could continue to climb because of delayed reporting of stolen cargo. If developments follow previous years, the final number of thefts is expected to be 1,507.

Cargonet is a company working to prevent and collect data about cargo theft. In this case, cargo transported over land in the U.S.

The report states that the ten states with the highest level of thefts are responsible for 85 pct. of the total number of cargo thefts. California is the state with the most thefts in 2011 (304 cases), even though the number has dropped since 2010, which had 350 cases.

In 2011 there was a rise in the amount of low-value cargo (less than USD 50,000), and a decrease in medium-value cargo (USD 50,000 – 100,000) and high-value cargo (more than USD 100,000).

Prepared food and beverages was the most stolen type of goods in 2011 (19 percent). This group of products, along with electronics, base metals, clothing, and animals- and animal products, make up more than 59.4 percent of the kind of products stolen.   

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