Tractor-Trailer Thefts Jump - WSJ.com
Heists Targeting Truckers On Rise
Robberies Are "Wreaking Havoc" on U.S. Highways, Endangering Consumers
By JENNIFER LEVITZ
Thieves are swiping tractor-trailers filled with goods, triggering a spike in cargo theft on the nation's highways.
Over five days last month, an 18-wheeler carrying 710 cartons of consumer electronics was stolen from a Pennsylvania rest stop, a 53-foot-long rig packed with 43,000 pounds of paper was ripped off in Ottawa, Ill., and a 40-foot-long truck filled with reclining armchairs went missing in Atlanta.
Truckloads containing $487 million of goods were stolen in the U.S. in 2009, a 67% increase over the $290 million worth of products swiped a year earlier. Thieves stole 859 truckloads in 2009, up from 767 loads in 2008 and 672 in 2007, according to FreightWatch International, an Austin, Texas-based supply-chain security firm that maintains a database of thefts that several government agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, look to for trends.
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