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An estimated half a billion Americans traveled at least 50 miles for the 2017 July 4th holiday. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), this is an increase of over one million travelers compared to the same weekend in 2016. Bill Sutherland of AAA attributes the rise to “strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence.”

According to SensiGuard, a cargo theft tracking and prevention company, long holiday weekends tend to lead to an increase in cargo theft. The company stated that cargo theft has increased approximately 120% during the last two July 4th weekends, as compared to previous years. The two weekends’ losses averaged over $350K per theft. SensiGuard states that rings of organized cargo thieves tend to take advantage of closed facilities during holidays. The company advises that in order to protect freight, companies should use secure yards and GPS tracking and ensure that consignee locations are open during scheduled delivery times.

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