PCSC Thanksgiving Holiday Security Alert

The Thanksgiving Holiday Break has traditionally been a time when transported/warehoused cargo is more at risk than any other time during the year. PCSC partner CargoNet® has analyzed data from the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (for 2013 to 2017) and found thieves stole approximately $9.4 million in cargo, 79 semi tractors, and 95 semi-trailers - across 108 reported theft events. Twenty percent of theft events in this analysis occurred in California, 14 percent in Texas, and 12 percent in Florida. During the time period analyzed, cargo thefts were reported in more than 20 different states.

PCSC partner SensiGuard™, through their Intelligence Center (looking at roughly the same analysis period as CargoNet®) recorded approximately three transported cargo thefts per day over the holiday period – which is a 26% higher rate than throughout the year. Facility (warehouse) thefts, in their data, accounted for 4% of the total thefts during the period – a rate 30% higher than the rest of the year.  

We (the HDA/PCSC) routinely share the attached list as an advisory for preventive actions prior to every holiday period in the year. Both CargoNet® and Sensiguard™, as well as a number of other entities, share similar advisories: 

CargoNet®: https://www.cargonet.com/news-and-events/cargonet-in-the-media/thanksgiving-cargo-theft-trends/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&utm_campaign=&emailID=11255

SensiGuard™: https://intelligence.sensitech.com/sites/default/files/news/alert_2018_1114_thanksgiving.pdf