Statistics from 2010 and 2011 suggest that the Brazilian states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro were the locations for 83 percent of all recorded cargo crime incidents in Brazil, with São Paulo incurring 59 percent of all thefts and Rio de Janeiro incurring 24 percent, according to FreightWatch International’s quarterly Latin America Theft Report on Brazil and Argentina.
The logistics security services company noted that while hard numbers are unavailable on the types of products stolen in Brazil, the Union of Transportation Companies of São Paulo reported that the food and drinks sector is targeted the most often, with 37 percent of the total, and electronics products are targeted the second most often, with 28 percent of the whole.
São Paulo state authorities also reported a total of 1,916 cargo theft in the second quarter of 2013, declining 5 percent from the 2,002 incidents in the same quarter last year.
Although no new cargo theft trends emerged in Brazil in the second quarter, driver kidnappings and assaults committed during theft incidents remained a “serious threat,” FreightWatch noted.
Argentina recorded a total of 299 cargo theft incidents across the country in the second quarter, sliding 5 percent from the 316 incidents in the second quarter of 2012, according to FreightWatch.
However, the company said that although cargo thefts appeared to be stabilizing year-over-year in Argentina, thefts have been on the rise since the beginning of 2013. Reported cargo theft incidents rose 9 percent in the second quarter compared with the first quarter. The increase in activity was attributed to the 23 percent average monthly increase in the capital, Buenos Aires, during the second quarter, despite a decline in cargo theft incidents in the rest of the country.
During May and June, food and drinks made up the most targeted sector for cargo thefts in Argentina, experiencing 27 percent of all recorded thefts, followed by the clothing and shoes industry, with 25 percent, FreightWatch said.