Truckers will tell you Florida is one of a handful of states where they’re particularly worried about having their cargo stolen.
Joseph Kosharek says he tries to be ever watchful.
Joseph says, “You listen to the CB, monitor that, check to see if anybody’s following you for awhile, make sure everything’s locked up.”
A single load of electronics disappearing can mean a loss of $1 million or more. More than $50 million worth of cargo is stolen in Florida every year.
An even bigger threat is the possibility of terrorism. Trucks were used in the Oklahoma City bombing and the first attack on the World Trade Center, and there are fears proceeds from cargo theft may be used to fund terrorist activities.
Jeb Bush believes the two are inter-related.
Gov. Jeb Bush says, “The efforts against the criminal element directly relate to and help in the fight against terror as well.”
Florida has made progress. Money to enhance domestic security bought high-tech gamma ray equipment to x-ray shipping containers on trucks and in ports. Semis now get a much closer look at inspection stations around the state.
But Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Guy Tunnell admits only a percentage of the tons of cargo passing through Florida gets a thorough look.
Guy says, “When you talk about the sheer volume of traffic in that area in and out of Florida, it’s just overwhelming and I don’t know that quite honestly, we’ve got the resources, can afford the resources, to inspect each and every piece of cargo.”
Authorities believe the key to keeping track of cargo is better cooperation between states and constant vigilance. With terrorism lurking in the background, there’s more than money on the line.