3

Risk VS. Reward

INFORMATION IN THIS CHAPTER:

• Why theft gangs are dedicated to cargo theft

• Prosecution and sentencing

• Risk vs reward of cargo theft compared to other crimes

• Efforts underway to increase punishment for convicted cargo criminals

Go where the money is … and go there often.

Willie Sutton

Why Cargo?

Cargo theft, which rivals even the most grandiose white collar crimes, far surpasses the total losses from property crimes such as bank robberies, jewelry theft, and others. Given that cargo theft is such an underreported crime, industry experts are hard pressed to provide a precise annual price tag, although estimates range from $3 to $30 billion in the United States alone. What’s more, only relatively small amounts of cargo ...

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