Incident: Holiday Awareness (Labor Day)
Location: United States
As Labor Day approaches on Monday, September 4, shippers across the United States should be aware and plan accordingly for limited holiday hours over the long holiday weekend and how it may affect their shipments.
Holiday hours of operations for all receiving facilities should be confirmed before loads scheduled to deliver on or near September 4 are allowed to depart. Thieves know that cargo will be left unattended for extended durations during this time and will use the opportunity to obtain targeted and high value merchandise. Specifically, receiving facilities for big box stores will see trailers staged outside of the facility targeted for pilferage or straight theft.
In years past long holiday weekends have recorded cargo theft rates significantly higher than the rest of the year. During Labor Day holidays of the last 5 years, Overhaul recorded an average theft rate of 4.0 thefts per day, a 48% spike over typical theft rates.
Of note in 2023 is the prevalence and spread of strategic thefts in all parts of the country. Organized cargo theft crews are practicing fraudulent and deceptive methods to obtain freight under the guise of legitimate business, and a holiday weekend can provide a longer lead time before the theft is discovered.
Distribution centers and warehouses will also be targeted more aggressively during this time as the extended holiday often means limited if not zero operations and less security staff. Additionally, the extended weekend can provide a longer lead time before the discovery of a break in.
Shippers of targeted cargo, such as consumer electronics (especially those with components suitable for crypto mining), high end clothing and footwear, alcohol, and cost dense food items should be especially diligent in preparing for the upcoming holiday period.