Theft of Cargo Is Constant Worry for Trucking

By Marissa Gamache, Special to Transport Topics

Days before Fourth of July celebrations, trailers loaded with SweetWater Brewing Co.’s 24-pack bottles of beer were stolen from its brewery; its Summer Variety Packs due for pick up in early morning. 

The Atlanta-based company said the majority of its two trailers of beer stolen June 21 was found June 29 with help from Georgia authorities. That was the good news. 

The bad news, the company said: “Unfortunately, the return of the stolen brews does not mean the product is able to be sold or consumed — every bottle will be destroyed.” 

Incidents of cargo theft occur all too often across the nation and are a constant worry for trucking. 

CargoNet, a theft prevention and recovery network, reported 906 thefts last year valued at $100.5 million. It said food and beverage thefts led the way, accounting for 29%, followed by electronics at 13% and household goods at 12%. 

That’s up 7% from 2014, when 844 thefts valued at about $90 million were reported.

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