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SensiGuard® Q2-2019 Report: Overall Decline in Brazil Cargo Theft Threats


This is part three of the four part series where we share a portion of the SensiGuard® Second Quarter Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) Report highlighting a different region.

The SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) actively tracks and records cargo theft around the globe, categorizing stolen loads under twelve different product types, and tracking by date, location, Modus Operandi (M.O.), value, and specific product. On a regular basis, we issue security bulletins and cargo theft reports to help companies mitigate risks associated with theft, spoilage, counterfeiting, diversion, pilferage, and other cargo security threats.

On [date of U.S. blog] we posted our findings about Food & Drinks being the leading product type for the United States  in the second quarter. This week we are sharing a few of the second quarter highlights of recent activities for Brazil. You can get the full report and latest updates for Brazil and other parts of the world by visiting the SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center:


Brazil Highlights

In Q2-2019, the SCIC recorded an overall decline in the number of cargo thefts. This varies based on region, with a few areas experiencing an increase compared to Q2-2018, and most other regions seeing a net decrease in theft.

Here are the most significant notes in cargo theft per category for April to June 2019:

  • São Paulo. In Q2-2019, São Paulo recorded 1,732 cases of cargo theft, a 22% decline compared to Q2-2018. Only two regions showed an increase in the number of cargo thefts this past quarter: Araçatuba (50%) and Ribeirão Preto (14%). The largest declines occurred in the Presidente Prudente (71%), Campinas (59%), and Piracicaba (55%) regions. São Paulo experienced a downward trend by month in Q2 for theft; just over 600 thefts were recorded in April and a decrease in June and July.
  • Rio de Janeiro. In Q2-2019, the state of Rio de Janeiro recorded 1,970 cases of cargo theft, an 18% decline compared to Q2-2018. Only two regions showed an increase in the number of cargo thefts: Fluminense Lowlands (4%) and South Fluminense (13%). The largest declines occurred in Niterói & Lake Region (34%) and North & Northeast Fluminense (23%). Rio de Janeiro experiences a lower theft rate in April than in May. The number of thefts decreased in June.

Overall, Brazil has experienced a downward trend. The most commonly stolen products in Q2-2019 were Miscellaneous, Food & Drinks, Tobacco, and Electronics. Most thefts take place in urban areas, in the morning, by Hijacking. The highways with the highest numbers of incidents in Brazil are Anhanguera and Dutra.

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Don’t forget to read the first two reports in the series: Mexico Cargo Theft Threats Continue to Rise and Food & Drinks Secures U.S. Top Spot in Cargo Theft.

Editor’s Note: Delays in incident reporting typically cause measurable increases in theft volumes in the weeks following publication of SCIC quarterly reports. As such, totals for the most recent quarter are expected to rise above those recorded thus far. It is SCIC practice to use updated theft numbers for past quarters when comparing them to current three-month totals.