From: Land Line – Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law to stiffen punishment for truck cargo thieves.
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, said the amount of cargo that’s transported through New Jersey ports makes motor carriers a target for cargo theft rings.
She referred to figures that show thieves in the Garden State steal as much as $1 billion worth of cargo annually.
“Cracking down on cargo theft will make our roads safer for truckers and help our economy because these crimes drive up the prices for just about every good sold in our state,” Casagrande said in a news release.
“Cargo theft is a very serious and costly crime that puts lives at risk and deals a devastating blow to the economy by increasing the price of clothing, food, pharmaceuticals and just about any product delivered by truck,” stated Assemblyman David Rible, R-Monmouth.