This report is published by the Department of Transportation to assist the transportation industry in achieving more effective protection of cargo from theft and pilferage. Although this information will be of primary interest to motor carriers, the concept described may be adapted to other modes and other situations in the transportation industry. The participation of DOT in the project resulting in this report was prompted by interest in making use of the growing knowledge of the nature and extent of theft-related cargo losses. This project presented a natural opportunity to verify and expand on earlier study efforts which revealed such facts as: (1) the total cost of cargo theft and pilferage exceeds $1 billion a year with the trucking industry experiencing the largest percentage of that total; (2) that about 85 percent of stolen cargo goes out the "front gates" of transportation facilities during normal operating hours in the possession of persons and in vehicles authorized to be on facility premises for legitimate purposes; and (3) that the Northern New Jersey/New York metropolitan area is one of the worst in the nation in terms of reported cargo theft losses. Seven interstate motor carriers each having terminals in the same high loss area of Northern New Jersey engaged in this collective security program.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was prepared for the Department of Transportation, Office of Transportation Security.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Executive Services, Incorporated

    Edison, NJ  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1973-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 114 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00084730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM