Cell Phone Theft Activity
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The cell phone industry is traditionally one of the harder hit markets by cargo criminals. With loads reaching values in excess of $10 million and average losses in the seven figures, coupled with their high consumer demand and ease of sale on the back market, new technology smart phones are an obvious choice for cargo theft gangs.
Thus far in 2011, theft in the sector, however, has been relatively quiet with only two thefts recorded in the first half of the year.
However, three cargo theft incidents involved cell phones were recorded in the month of July alone. A full truckload of cell phone stolen from a drop lot in Louisville was already reported, while two warehouse burglaries occurred on July 12 and the weekend of July 15 – 18, both in Doral Florida.
Recommendation: This recent surge of activity shows the black market demand for cell phones continues to exist and that lulls in theft activity in certain sectors does not necessarily equate to a lack of interest or target by cargo criminals. Professionals in these sectors should ensure all personnel review in-transit and physical security policies and requirements and ensure all logistics staff are on alert for suspicious activity in their areas.