Must-Know Truck Hijacking Statistics [Latest Report]

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In this post, we examine a collection of alarming statistics related to truck hijackings around the world. From the significant increases in South Africa and the UK to the staggering number of incidents in Mexico and Brazil, these numbers shed light on the prevalence and impact of cargo theft globally.

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"Truck hijackings have increased by 32% in South Africa between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020."

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Statistic 2

"In 2014, 197 trucks were hijacked per month in South Africa."

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"Truck hijackings in the UK increased by 261% from 2015 to 2017."

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"Mexico recorded over 27,000 truck hijackings between 2017 and 2018."

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"Approximately 78% of cargo theft in the US occurs in unsecured areas."

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"The most targeted commodities for truck hijacking are electronics, prescription drugs, and clothing."

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"Over 43,000 cargo thefts were reported in Brazil in 2017, with a value of $356 million."

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"In 2014, South Africa saw 2,358 truck hijackings comprising 24.4% of all hijackings."

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"Ontario, Canada, saw a 39% increase in reported instances of cargo theft between 2016 and 2017."

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"The global annual impact of cargo theft is estimated at $30 billion."

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"66% of truck hijackings in Mexico in 2017 were committed at gunpoint."

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"In South Africa, Gauteng was the province with the highest number of truck hijackings in 2020, with 60% of all incidents."

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"In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro state is the most affected by truck hijackings, with 9,865 incidents in 2017, representing 45% of the total cases."

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Truck hijackings present a significant threat globally, with considerable increases reported in various countries such as South Africa, the UK, Mexico, the US, Brazil, and Canada. The statistics reveal concerning trends related to the frequency, locations, and targeted commodities of these incidents, highlighting the need for heightened security measures and proactive strategies to combat cargo theft. The substantial financial impact of over $30 billion underscores the urgency for stakeholders to address this issue collaboratively and implement effective preventive measures to mitigate the risks associated with truck hijackings.

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