Drivers warn of the risk of theft on Labor Day

August 31, 20220

Labor Day weekend is expected to increase the risk of theft. CargoNet warns truck drivers that thieves may target hard-to-find truck parts and modules.

The Theft Prevention and Stolen Items Detection Program looked at trends between the Thursday before Labor Day to the Wednesday after the holiday weekend from 2017 to 2021 and found that the most frequently stolen shipments of electronic goods such as computers and televisions, as well as home goods such as like furniture, household appliances and detergents.

27% of reported thefts came on the Tuesday after the holiday, when people returned to their vehicles.

Thefts most often occurred in the parking lots of large shopping centers, truck stops and warehouses. However, the locations of thefts vary by state, as the risk of theft was significantly higher at truck stops in Texas and Florida.

Thefts recorded during previous Labor Day holidays:

  • $434,379 in apparel stolen from Pomona, CA
  • $417,206 in computer electronics stolen from Ontario, CA
  • $400,000 in vodka stolen from Jacksonville, FL
  • $300,000 in computer electronics stolen from Los Angeles, CA
  • $291,093 in hardware store merchandise stolen from Conley, GA

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