Fighting Organized Crime Benefits California Economy
On average, California loses close to $1 million of revenue each day due to cargo theft crimes. Nearly every type of industry has been hit with the loss of goods such as food, clothing, and electronics. Last November, the Valley’s own Horizon Nut Company and Setton Farms both lost millions of dollars worth of pistachios to truckers carrying false identification. Thefts like these have hit every region of the nation and of the state – and must be stopped.
Cargo theft is not a new problem in California. More than two decades ago, cargo theft in our state was becoming an increasingly common crime due to local law enforcement’s inability to apprehend criminals engaging in cargo theft. In January of 1994, Assembly Bill 813 was passed to create The Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP), which established direct communication between private industry and law enforcement and funded the implementation of cargo theft suppression efforts. Unfortunately, over the last decade, cargo theft-related crimes has continued to rise dramatically. According to the California Highway Patrol, combined losses suffered by the trucking industry, insurance companies, and the railroads due to cargo theft surpasses an estimated $10 billion in the United States annually. In California alone, cargo theft accounts for a total loss value of $18.7 million each year. It is clear that we need to give law enforcement better tools to protect businesses, and deter future theft.
That is why I have introduced AB 2805, a bill that creates a state-wide task force of business and law enforcement stakeholders to study and find solutions to help strengthen law enforcement’s ability to crack down on cargo theft crimes.
Many of these thefts are organized efforts that span multiple counties and surpass the jurisdiction of one local police force. AB 2805 will empower law enforcement across the state as it works to eradicate these organized crimes and protect our state’s economy.
California’s economy is one of the most diverse and unique in the nation. Our valley industries manufacture products that regularly cross county, state, and national borders. We must safeguard our trade economy by providing law enforcement and businesses the resources it needs to combat cargo theft, and protect the many people that this crime impacts.
Please help our local economy by sending letters of support for this measure to Assemblymember.Olsen@assembly.ca.gov.
Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, is recognized as a solution-focused reformer. She represents the 12th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties in the Central Valley. Follow her on Twitter: @KristinOlsenCA
According to the California Highway Patrol, combined losses suffered by the trucking industry, insurance companies, and the railroads due to cargo theft surpasses an estimated $10 billion in the United States annually.