2017

Cargo Theft SUPPLY CHAIN
INTELLIGENCE CENTER

Annual Report Formerly known as
FreightWatch International

United States & Canada

Introduction
The SensiGuard™ Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) actively tracks and records cargo theft activity around the globe,
categorizing stolen loads under twelve different product types, and tracking by date, location, Modus Operandi (M.O.), value, and
specific product. This report summarizes the United States and Canada theft data collected in 2017, and analyzes trends derived
from database content, law enforcement information, and industry personnel. It also draws on observations by personnel in the field.

It is inherent that the reader understands that any cargo theft report is an indirect representation of the overall cargo theft footprint;
it is not a direct reflection. SensiGuard records only those cargo thefts reported by reliable sources, such as transportation security
councils, insurance companies and law enforcement organizations. While this does not result in the 100% capture of incidents, it
provides a sufficient cross section of cargo thefts and allows the SCIC to identify trends and deliver in-depth, accurate analysis of the
scope of cargo theft in the United States and Canada. Additionally, the SCIC only records incidents involving the theft of cargo, not
standalone conveyances such as trailers, containers or bobtail tractors.

In an effort to refine available intelligence, Last-Mile Courier thefts have been removed from the following charts and analysis, as this
is a completely different form of cargo theft, with highly distinct criminal elements, M.O.s and security measures. Unless otherwise
specified, the remainder of this report focuses on large-scale cargo thefts such as Theft of Full Truckload, Fictitious Pickups, Hijacking,
Pilferage, and Facility Thefts, preserving the data and trends of thefts affecting full truckloads.

Executive Summary
SensiGuard recorded 649 cargo thefts throughout the United
States in 2017: 146 in Q1, 132 in Q2, 177 in Q3 and 194 in
Q4. The average value of these thefts was $146,063. These
numbers represent a 15% drop in volume and a very slight
(0.01%) increase in average value when compared to 2016.

While volume continues to drop, thieves in the United States
still present a threat to highly desired shipments. The continued
organization and evolution of their methods mean that the threat
of cargo theft continues to grow in the United States as thieves
broaden their geographical areas of operation and improve their
methods to avoid detection and capture.

sensitech.com
With an average of 54 reported cargo thefts per month, the to thieves refining their methods to reduce chance of capture
United States sustained cargo thefts at a rate of about two per or the need to abandon the shipment due to law enforcement
day in 2017. Overall, the United States is ranked as HIGH threat pursuit. While this has led to a drop in reported thefts, there may
level for cargo thefts on the SCIC five point risk scale, which be another reason for the decline in reported numbers.
ascends from LOW to MODERATE, ELEVATED, HIGH and
finally to SEVERE. Organized thieves in the U.S. have long utilized the “risk vs
reward” calculation when targeting cargo. As such, shifting focus
It should be noted that delays in incident reporting typically to other methods and products that provide a lesser chance of
cause measurable increases in theft volumes in the weeks capture or disruption, thieves can reduce their risk. This can be
following publication of SCIC reports. As such, the most recent seen in the increase of reported mixed retail load, or LTL thefts.
totals for the year are expected to rise above those recorded These shipments are typically a mix of product destined for a
thus far. It is the SCIC practice to use updated theft numbers for brick and mortar, retail store.
past time frames when comparing them to current totals.
Diligent and organized thieves can still utilize their criminal network
Some of the most notable trends covered in this report are as to identify the contents of these loads, which if they contain
follows: desired products, typically have less security measures in place
than a dedicated trailer of one high value/targeted product. Often
• Average loss value remained steady, volume of cargo thefts times the loss to any single owner on these loads may be too
declined, threat persists. low to trigger a police report or insurance claim, which hinders
• Increase in Miscellaneous thefts, primarily less secured the awareness of the issue and allows the thieves the ability to
LTL (Less than Truckload) shipments containing targeted operate in relative obscurity. Several cases or pallets of easily
merchandise. acquired, targeted merchandise has enough potential value to
a thief to discourage a riskier, albeit more profitable, dedicated
• Record breaking Pilferage theft rate, utilized as intelligence
trailer full of like product that carries much more risk of failure or
gathering while obtaining cargo.
capture, especially considering the value of the information gained
• Natural disasters prompt a spike in thefts in affected areas. in such a pursuit.
• Theft volumes in Georgia and Tennessee are on the rise.
This trend is also evident with the rise of large scale Pilferage
• Personal Care value more than triples. events. Thieves have learned that valuable intelligence can be
gathered while obtaining high value merchandise by penetrating
a trailer, stealing some of the product, and then drawing back to
U.S. — Cargo Theft by
see what (if any) response occurs. Pilferage accounted for 15% of
Year and Value, 2013 – 2017
thefts in 2017, the highest on SCIC record. This represents a 40%
1000 $250,000
increase over 2016 and a 107% increase since 2013.
800 $200,000
U.S. — Atypical Cargo Theft Types
600 $150,000 2013–2017
16.00%
400 $100,000

200 $50,000 12.00%

0 $0
8.00%
13

14

15

16

17
20

20

20

20

20

# THEFTS AVG VALUE US$
4.00%

0.00%
13

14

15

16

17
20

20

20

20

20

Major Trends Facility Theft Pilferage
Fictitious Pickup Theft of Full Truckload / Collusion
While 2017 continued the downward trend in reported cargo Hijacking
thefts, this does not indicate a decline in cargo theft risk in the
U.S., but rather that organized cargo thieves are honing in on
During 2017, the SCIC did not record the use of signal
shipments that they know can be fenced easily, or target products
interference devices (jammers) which have not been seen since
that have been “ordered” by grey and black market distributors.
2014. The SCIC monitors for any jamming activity related to
Coupled with the average loss value remaining steady, this points
cargo crime in the United States and other regions of operation.

sensitech.com U.S. & Canada Cargo Theft Annual Report 2017 2
While the jamming threat in the U.S. remains low today, SCIC opportunities for organized thieves and the confluence of major
continues to see frequent jamming activity in non-U.S. regions. interstates, which offer target rich and underprotected truck
SensiGuard has programs and technology in place to mitigate stops. One other major factor is the presence of large, well-
the jamming risk. With the availability of jamming technology organized cargo theft rings operating in multiple states, such as
in the U.S., it is reasonable to anticipate the expanded use of those based in Southern Florida and California. While data proves
jamming by criminals. This would drive the need to implement that cargo thieves are more than willing to travel across several
countermeasures in the U.S. to mitigate the jamming risk. states or more to seize targeted cargo, low-hanging fruit near to
home is rarely passed up.

In addition, the presence of Cargo Theft Task Forces in areas
known to be problematic for cargo theft does increase the level of
Cargo Theft by State reporting in these areas. Knowing this, it is reasonable to believe
that areas that record no cargo theft are likely still experiencing
The top three states accounted for 55% of total recorded theft it, but inconsistencies in reporting geographical location at the
in 2017. This is a reduction of 6% from the rate of thefts the municipal level is not the only or even the main indicator of cargo
top three states accounted for in 2016. Overall, geographical theft risk. Other key factors include access to ports or intermodal
hotspots have tended to remain largely unchanged, though hubs, targeted commodity opportunities, usual DOT rest areas,
there were definite product and theft type focus shifts in these known security measures in place, availability to move the product
areas. Cargo theft was recorded in 35 states in 2017, down through illegitimate markets, etc. However, at a state level,
from the 39 recorded in 2016. location does indicate what product types are more at risk for
cargo theft within their borders due to what types of cargo are at
California, which logged 28% of total thefts for the year,
higher concentration within the state.
claimed the top spot for cargo theft again, but with a 13% drop
in theft rate compared to 2016. Texas, steady at number two, For example, some product types and subtypes have very strong
recorded 16% of total thefts in 2017, a slight 2% increase from state specific trends. Examples include Building & Industrial, which
its 2016 theft rate. New Jersey, still at number three, saw its recorded more thefts in Texas than any other state to account for
theft rate increase by 6% to 11% of the U.S. total. Florida, for 43% of total Building & Industrial thefts nationwide, and was the
the second year, claimed the fourth spot with 9% of the total, top product type within Texas, accounting for 31% of the state’s
almost even with its theft rate in 2016. Georgia, which jumped total. These rates both continue to be higher than what Texas
back into the fifth rank in 2017, accounted for 9% of thefts, a recorded in the previous two years, suggesting the specialization
surge of 76% over its 2016 theft rate. Illinois, displaced by and refinement of cargo theft targeting. Texas has other product
Florida’s rise, placed sixth with 6% of thefts, and Tennessee types with unusually high theft rates; for example, Home &
held steady at number seven with 6% of thefts, a rise of 73%. Garden logged 29% of total Texas thefts, which accounted for
Positions eight, nine, and ten did not appear on the top ten list 29% of total Home & Garden thefts nationwide.
in 2016, but Ohio (2%), Indiana (2%), and Washington (1%)
each saw significant swells compared to their 2016 theft rate Other states with disproportionally high thefts within a particular
rising by 413%, 69% and 177%, respectively. product type include: California logging 21% of its thefts from
Electronics (40% of the national total) and 15% from Clothing
U.S. — Top States for Cargo Theft & Shoes, Florida with 29% of its thefts consisting of Food &
2017 Drinks, Georgia with a dominant 26% of its thefts coming from
300 Electronics and 22% from Food & Drinks, Illinois with 15% each
Auto & Parts and Building & Industrial as well as 10% Metals,
250 New Jersey with 13% Clothing & Shoes and 16% Miscellaneous,
200 North Carolina with 50% of its thefts coming from Personal Care,
Ohio with 23% each Auto & Parts and Metals, and Tennessee
150 with 24% Electronics.
100

50

0
Cargo Theft by Product Value
a

s

y

ida

a

ois

ee

io

a

ton
xa

rse
rni

rgi

ian
Oh
ss
Illin
r

ing
Te
lifo

o
Flo

Ind
Je

ne
Ge

The average loss value per theft incident was $146,063, a very
sh
Ca

n
w

Te

Wa
Ne

2017 2016 slight increase over 2016. The average value peaked in 2009
at $554,105. Since 2009, the average loss value had been on
The states that top the cargo theft landscape are largely due to a steady decline with the exception of 2014 seeing a spike to
a few important factors such as the presence of large seaports, $232,924 (a 36% spike from 2013). In 2017 there were 18 thefts
whose high volume of cargo allow for many information gathering that were valued at $1 million or more, with a value reporting rate

sensitech.com U.S. & Canada Cargo Theft Annual Report 2017 3
of 75%. When compared with 2016 (16 thefts over $1 million and Cargo Theft by Date
a reporting rate of 91%), it appears as though value reporting
has dropped off in 2017. Despite that, the still high reporting rate Cargo theft by month varied greatly in 2017 when compared to
means it can be safely assumed that the average value is indeed 2016. While 2016’s highest theft rate occurred in February (12%),
holding steady for the moment. 2017 saw February in ninth place. In 2017, the highest theft rate
months were November (13%), October (11%), and July (10%).
Avg. Value U.S. Avg. Value U.S. The United States experienced the costliest Hurricane season
Product Type
2017 2016 on record in 2017, causing record amounts of damage (Source:
Alcohol $141,354 $61,320 New York Times). This could have been the cause of cargo theft
Auto & Parts $111,331 $92,655 increases in affected areas that caused October and November
Building & Industrial $58,285 $45,327 to be the two busiest months for cargo theft in 2017. The month
Clothing & Shoes $174,715 $234,761
with the lowest theft rate was June (5%), with March (6%) coming
next. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are likely one of the driving
Electronics $299,294 $367,031
forces behind a fourth quarter surge in volume.
Food & Drinks $67,374 $70,042
Home & Garden $65,998 $92,166 U.S. — Cargo Theft by Month
Metals $104,520 $115,312
2016 –2017
14.00%
Miscellaneous $97,694 $74,999
Personal Care $544,935 $176,548 12.00%

Pharmaceuticals $121,585 $265,209 10.00%
Tobacco $208,302 $181,103 8.00%
All Products $146,063 $146,042 6.00%
4.00%
Some product types that recorded significantly higher average
2.00%
values in 2017 when compared to 2016 were Alcohol (+131%),
Auto & Parts (+20%), Building & Industrial (+29%), Miscellaneous 0.00% n

b

r

r

y

n

l

g

p

t

v

c
Ju

Oc
Ma

Ap

Ma

No

De
Ja

Ju

Au
Fe

Se
(+30%), Personal Care (+209%), and Tobacco (+15%). Personal
2017 % of Total 2016 % of Total
Care ranked as the highest average loss value with $544,935.

U.S. — Cargo Theft by Consistent with historical trends, weekend days persist as the
Product and Value, 2017 most popular days of the week among thieves, as they are the
18.00% $600,000 times when In-Transit cargo is more likely to be stationary and
15.00% $500,000
unattended. Similarly, Facility Thefts tend to occur over the
weekend while most employees are off work and minimal security
12.00% $400,000
is in place. This also delays the discovery of a theft and allows
9.00% $300,000 thieves greater time to escape before law enforcement is notified.
6.00% $200,000 In 2017, 33% of Facility Thefts and 40% of Theft of Full Truckload
occurred on a Saturday or Sunday. These percentages increase
3.00% $100,000
to 46% and 55%, respectively, when Fridays are included in the
0.00% $0
count. Within Fictitious Pickups, 63% occurred on Wednesday,
ol

s

l

es

ics

ks

en

s

us

are

als

o
tria
art

tal

cc
oh

rin

Thursday or Friday, which all allow for the maximum amount of
ho

eo
ard
on

tic
lC
Me
us

ba
&P
Alc

&D
&S

an

eu
ctr

&G

na
nd

To
ell

ac
to

lead time for the criminal before the theft is discovered, depending
Ele

rso
&I

ng

od

sc
Au

me

rm
Pe
thi

Fo
ing

Mi

a
Ho

on the length of the trip. Additionally, no Fictitious Pickups were
Clo

Ph
ild
Bu

% OF TOTAL AVG VALUE US$
recorded on Mondays in 2017.

U.S. — Cargo Theft by Day
2017
Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
0.00% 5.00% 10.00% 15.00% 20.00% 25.00%

sensitech.com U.S. & Canada Cargo Theft Annual Report 2017 4
Cargo Theft by Product Type U.S. — Pharmaceutical Thefts by
For the first time in eight years, Food & Drinks was not the most Year and Event Type, 2013–2017
stolen product type, recording 16% of the 2017 total (-14% from 30
2016) and landing in second place. Instead, accounting for 17%
of all reported cargo theft, Home & Garden took the top spot in 25
2017, a 16% increase over its 2016 rate. The third rank for 2017 20
is held by Electronics, which accounted for 15% of total thefts,
with a slight (-4%) drop from 2016. Building & Industrial, likely 15
spurred by intensely damaging hurricanes, rose by 12% to place 10
as the fourth most stolen product type (12% of total).
Miscellaneous shipments, mainly comprised of mixed retail loads, 5
also saw a spike in theft rate, rising 37% to land at the fifth spot
0
and account for 10% of the total. Other product types that saw

13

14

15

16

17
20

20

20

20

20
increases over 2016 theft rates were Auto & Parts which
increased by 4%, and Metals which rose by 26%. Facility Theft Pilferage
Fictitious Pickup Theft of Full Truckload / Collusion
U.S. — Cargo Theft by
Hijacking
Product Type, 2017
12%
10% Home & Garden 17% As is usual within the theft of Pharmaceuticals, the subtype
Food & Drinks 16%
Electronics 15% Medication was both the most often stolen subtype, with 44% of
15% 8%
Building & Industrial 12% total thefts. The Nutritional subtype recorded the highest average
Miscellaneous 10% value for a subtype at $161,254, while Supplies saw a spike in
8% Auto & Parts 8%
Clothing & Shoes 8%
theft rate, jumping 133% to 33% of total Pharmaceuticals thefts in
Metals 5% 2017.
5%
Personal Care 4%
16%
4% Alcohol 3%
Pharmaceuticals 1%
3% Tobacco 1%
17% 1%
1%
Cargo Theft by Product Type:
Food & Drinks
Food & Drinks, which experienced 104 of
2017’s 649 total cargo thefts (16%), has, until
Cargo Theft by Product Type: 2017, been the most stolen product type
Pharmaceuticals since 2010. This is due in part to the ease of
sale of consumable items on the illicit market
In 2017, both the number and average value as they are not uniquely serialized which
of Pharmaceuticals thefts dropped by 57% would allow tracking of individual items as well as the prolific
and 54%, respectively. This included zero amount of shipments of Food & Drinks on the road at any given
thefts valued at over $1 million, with 67% time. California, Florida, and New Jersey were the top three states
of thefts reporting a value. Pilferage within for Food & Drinks thefts in 2017, and together accounted for 56%
Pharmaceuticals is 49% more frequent than of total Food & Drinks theft. The most commonly stolen subtypes
across all products, accounting for 22% of total Pharmaceutical in this sector were Meats (21%), Canned & Dry Goods (20%)
thefts, a rate second only to Electronics. As Pharmaceuticals and Mixed & Miscellaneous (14%). Seafood recorded the highest
are very cost dense, large profits can be had with relatively average value within Food & Drinks at $169,927.
small scale thefts, such as Pilferage, while also serving as an
advanced intelligence gathering method for criminals. This allows
for verification of the suspected contents of a load as well as
determining if any security countermeasures are in place. The
pharmaceutical industry has taken great strides to secure their
supply chain, and their efforts are evident in the fact that it is one
of the most desired, but least stolen, products on the road today.

sensitech.com U.S. & Canada Cargo Theft Annual Report 2017 5
U.S. — Food & Drinks Thefts by Cargo Theft by Product Type:
Subtype and Value, 2017 Home & Garden
25.00% $200,000
In 2017, Home & Garden was the most stolen
20.00%
$150,000 product type, accounting for 17% of the total
15.00% and an average value of $65,998. Appliances,
$100,000 which accounted for 41% of total Home &
10.00%
Garden thefts, was the most stolen subtype
$50,000 and was a major driver in the rise of Home & Garden numbers in
5.00%
2017, rising 60% over the 2015 theft rate for Appliances.
0.00% $0
na es

&

rin y

s

ds

ats

an ed &

e

od

Wa ce,
rt D rg

gg

Texas, California, and New Jersey were the top states for Home

uc
s

s

ks

us

te r
yG d
& S ooki

oo

afo
ck

od

Me

a & ui
po Ene
Dr nne

od
&E

eo
sc Mix

Te s, J
nF
o

Se
Pr
C

& Garden thefts, totaling 66% of total Home & Garden thefts
Ca

& S ffee,

iry

ze

da
y,

ell
Da

Fro
nd

So
Co

nationwide. While Theft of Full Truckload is the most practiced
Ca

Mi

% OF TOTAL AVG VALUE US$ method of theft within Home & Garden at 91% of the total,
Pilferage (7%), Facility Theft (1%), and Fictitious Pickups (1%)
were also seen.

U.S. — Home & Garden Thefts by
Cargo Theft by Product Type: Subtype and Value, 2017
45.00% $350,000
Electronics 40.00% $300,000
35.00%
Electronics recorded 15% of total thefts in 2017, 30.00%
$250,000
and had the second highest average loss value at 25.00% $200,000
$299,294. California, Georgia, and Tennessee were 20.00% $150,000
the top three states for Electronics thefts, together 15.00%
$100,000
accounting for 62% of total Electronics thefts. The 10.00%
5.00% $50,000
remaining 38% of thefts were spread out among 16
0.00% $0
other states, making Electronics tied with Food & Drinks as the
s

ath

ts

r

s

en

us

d

ts

es

s

ols

es
co
ce

lie

od
oa
uc

uc

pli

am
eo
ard

To
&B

pp
an

most geographically diverse product type.

Go
dL
od

rod

up
an

&G
&G
pli

Su
e&
Pr

xe

tS
ell
ing

ing
rP
Ap

en

Mi
sc
s&

ys
tur

Pe
wn
dd

ort
pe
ch

Mi

To
rni
lie

Pa
La
Be

Sp
Within the Electronics sector in 2017, 35% of thefts were
Kit

d&
pp

Fu
Su

xe

Televisions & Displays, 22% were Mixed & Miscellaneous, and
Mi
ing
an

9% each were Audio & Video and Computers. By theft type,
Cle

% OF TOTAL AVG VALUE US$
Pilferage accounted for 31% of Electronics thefts, the highest
Pilferage rate of any single product type. Facility Theft accounted
for 4% and Fictitious Pickups accounted for 7%.

U.S. — Electronics Thefts by Cargo Theft by Theft Type & Location
Subtype and Value, 2017
40.00% $1,600,000
Due to risk of capture, cargo thieves in the United States
35.00% $1,400,000
largely tend to target loaded trailers and containers that are
30.00% $1,200,000 stationary and unattended. In 2017, 78% of recorded In-Transit
25.00% $1,000,000 thefts in which a method was described fell into this category,
20.00% $800,000 down from 81% in 2016. Fictitious Pickups (FPU) dropped
15.00% $600,000 by 39% from 2016 to 2017 to account for 3% of the total,
10.00% $400,000 which could be due to several factors: a result of the number
5.00% $200,000 of arrests, specifically in Southern California; the reporting of
0.00% $0
this type of theft shifting from incident theft reporting to identity
o

s

so nes

rs

so les

an ed &

s

ph nts

ers

isp ons
rie

nic
ide

Co ies

s

us

ls

s
ute

victim reporting; or the continued masking of the crime not
rie

lay
cc nso

eri ne

ad
era
tte

cc ho

& D isi
eo
tro
&V

r

sc Mix
mp

& P mpo

-re

lev
& A ll P
Ba

& A s, Co

lec
es

es

discovered to be an FPU until many months after initiation of the
dio

&E

Te
ell
Ce

eE

o
,C
Au

me

ts
fic
Mi

investigation and/or initial reporting of the incident. The SCIC
are

ble
Ga

Of

Ta
ftw

continues to monitor for reports of compromised, fraudulent or
So

% OF TOTAL AVG VALUE US$
stolen carrier identities, and the apparent drop in FPUs does
not necessarily reflect a proportional drop in threat level for this
theft type. Additionally, it is worth noting that 26% of Fictitious

sensitech.com U.S. & Canada Cargo Theft Annual Report 2017 6
Pickups were perpetrated in California, which continues to be In 2017, cargo theft in Canada was only reported in two different
the area that experiences the highest concentration of this theft provinces, down from six in 2016 (the most ever recorded in
type. Pilferage, previously identified as a method for thieves a single year by the SCIC). The majority of theft occurred in
to gather intelligence on security measures as well as obtain Ontario (97%), centered near the most severe Canadian hotspot
smaller amounts of product, rose by 40% from 2016 to account of the Greater Toronto Area. The remaining 3% of thefts were
for 15% of total thefts. These thefts were most prolific in recorded in Quebec.
Tennessee (21%), Georgia (19%), and California (17%). Pilferage
also primarily targeted Electronics (31%), Food & Drinks (17%),
and Miscellaneous (11%), the latter likely for the purposes of
load content verification to advance efforts for Theft of Full
Truckloads of the same.

U.S. — Cargo Theft by Event Type
2017

Theft of Full Truckload

Pilferage

Hijacking

Fictitious Pickup

Facility Theft

0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%
When examining product types, Food & Drinks is the most
In 2017, 75% of all thefts with a known location occurred within stolen product type (44%), likely for the same reasons as in the
Unsecured Parking. The most frequently targeted Unsecured U.S., namely ease of liquidation and lack or serialization and
Parking areas were Public Parking (24%), Truck Stops (19%), security. At $254,066, Electronics claimed the highest average
and Drop Lots (17%). Theft from Secured Parking rose from 9% loss value, indicating that thieves are actively targeting high end
of known locations in 2016 to 12% in 2017. consumer electronics.

*There is no general consensus within the industry as to the Canada — Cargo Theft by
definition of “secured parking”, and this designation is assigned Product and Value, 2017
only when the theft report indicates that the location was a 50.00% $300,000
secured parking area. $250,000
40.00%
$200,000
30.00%
$150,000
20.00%
$100,000
Canada 10.00% $50,000

Historically an area of low reporting, the cargo theft issue 0.00% $0
ol

s

ial

es

s

ks

n

s

us

are

in Canada is nonetheless well known. In 2017, the problem als
art

nic

tal
rde
oh

str

rin
ho

eo

tic
lC
Me
&P

o
Alc

Ga
u

&D
&S

an

eu
ctr

continued to gain media coverage (Source: CFTR-AM, Toronto),
na
Ind

ell

ac
to

Ele

&

rso
g

od

sc
g&
Au

me

arm
hin

with claims that cargo theft in Canada costs $5 billion annually.
Pe
Fo

Mi
din

Ho
t
Clo

Ph
il

Despite that, industry reporting still trails behind that of the
Bu

% OF TOTAL AVG VALUE US$
United States. Organized cargo thieves in Canada are just as
sophisticated as they are in the United States, often utilizing Also worth noting, Canada recorded a variety of atypical theft
the same methods and criminal networks not only to target types in 2017, despite Theft of Full Truckload being the favored
products, but also to liquidate them. method with 86% of total thefts. Pilferage logged 4% of the
total, Facility Theft accounted for 7% (+111% form 2016) and
Fictitious Pickup accounted for 2%. The presence of these types
of thefts illustrate that the Canadian cargo criminal is just as
sophisticated and organized as those in the United States.

While industry incident reporting lags behind, cargo crime in
Canada is likely to rise until cargo theft specific legislation is
passed and better data is available to understand the problem.

sensitech.com U.S. & Canada Cargo Theft Annual Report 2017 7
Conclusion About SensiGuard Security Services
SensiGuard Security Services is a leading provider of global
As cargo thieves continually adapt to the evolving logistical
logistics security services, offering tracking and monitoring
security landscape, new threats will take shape in the form of
solutions that provide organizations with cargo security,
new theft methods, and new targeted products in new regions.
transparency and supply chain integrity from origin to
High value alone will not be the determining factor in theft risk to
destination. Using real-time visibility technology and layered
cargo as thieves will adjust to the increased risk and modify their
solutions, organizations can actively monitor their cargo
efforts accordingly.
anywhere in the global supply chain to mitigate the risks
For more information on Sensitech or our logistics security associated with theft, spoilage, counterfeiting and more. With
services please contact: securelpm@sensitech.com operations across the globe, SensiGuard is uniquely positioned
to deliver services regionally across diverse supply chains.

SensiGuard Security Services is part of Sensitech Inc., a leading
provider of supply chain visibility solutions. Sensitech is focused
About SensiGuard Security Services Data on delivering supply chain visibility solutions that track, monitor
and protect products for global leaders in the food, life sciences,
Unless otherwise noted, the theft statistics in this
consumer goods, and industrial markets. Our solutions are
assessment are derived from data collected by the
focused in three key areas: quality and compliance, supply
SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center and
chain security, and logistics performance management.
other information collected from reliable sources. The
Quality and compliance solutions address temperature-sensitive,
Intelligence Center captures cargo theft and supply
complex supply chains focused on delivering the highest
chain risk data from numerous sources across the globe. These
quality possible, while our supply chain security solutions help
include, but are not limited to, the databases of SensiGuard
to mitigate risks associated with theft, diversion and chain of
Security Services, its customers, law enforcement agencies,
custody. Sensitech’s logistics performance solutions deliver
industry organizations, insurance industry sources, and news
origin-to-destination, real-time transparency to any in-transit
reports. This report offers an analysis of the data collected
journey. Sensitech Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 company,
during 2017, providing insight into cargo theft and supply chain
headquartered in Beverly, Mass., with more than 35 sales,
risk across the globe.
service and distribution locations around the world. Sensitech is
Please note that cargo theft goes largely unreported; as such, a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United
total theft figures for a particular country or region are likely Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and
higher than stated. In addition, global cargo theft circumstances building systems industries worldwide.
and risks change, sometimes frequently and quickly, and in
More information about Sensitech is available at
ways that may make the facts and opinions expressed here no
www.sensitech.com
longer valid. Therefore, the extent to which organizations rely on
the information provided in this assessment should be solely at To register to receive alerts, bulletins and reports, please visit the
their discretion. SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center

The information contained in this document is the property of Sensitech Inc. This information may not be sold, licensed, or used for business development in any capacity without the prior written
consent of Sensitech Inc. Sensitech Inc. encourages recipients to use this information for cargo theft prevention activities and to share this information in its entirety with colleagues who may also benefit
in a theft prevention capacity.

sensitech.com 1 Feb 2018
@sensitech
Sensitech Inc. • Global Headquarters • 800 Cummings Center • Suite 258X • Beverly, MA 01915-6197
1-800-843-8367 • +1-978-927-7033 • Fax: +1-978-921-2112 • securelpm@sensitech.com