Holiday weekend poses cargo theft risk

open truckWhile many companies take time off around the Fourth of July, cargo thieves tend to do the exact opposite – turning the long weekend into one of the highest cargo theft periods during the year. With many drivers, operators and other employees on break, it opens up prime opportunities for criminals to get away with dishonest acts they would not typically be able to. The freight industry is at a higher risk around these times because cargo is often stored in yards or warehouses and left unmonitored.  Additionally, with decreased shipment tracking and delivery confirmations, it provides opportunity for criminals to steal product and disappear without much visibility.

With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, it’s important to tighten procedures, closely track your shipments and heighten security measures for processing. In addition, the following states are typically the most commonly impacted by theft:

  • California
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Texas

Thieves commonly target certain types of cargo as well. Take extra precaution if you’re moving the follow types of items:

  • Electronics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Foodstuff and Beverages
  • Apparel and Accessories
  • Metals and Machinery

With a little preparation and caution, you can make sure your freight is secure over the holiday. Your Freightquote Broker can help you manage everything for the holiday weekend from limited transit days to tracking your freight. Contact Freightquote at 800.323.5441 or sign up at

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