In LA County, container theft increased over 160% from 2020 to 2021. Over 90 containers were broken into each day.
It is estimated that this theft will cost Union Pacific (UP) over $5 million.
Videos and photos have shown one stretch of UP track littered with remains of packages that were stolen from containers. These items included boxes of products, as well as UPS and FedEx packages. The volume of litter required cleanup crews multiple days of work to clear the site.