Retail Crime pp 297-323 | Cite as

Crime Against Trading: The Case of Cargo Theft in São Paulo

  • Marcelo Justus
  • Vania Ceccato
  • Gustavo C. Moreira
  • Tulio Kahn
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


The aim of this chapter is to provide a general picture of cargo theft in Brazil, focusing on the nature of the crime and its temporal-spatial distribution in São Paulo, one of the most economically dynamic states of the country. The study makes use of multiple datasets from 2001 to 2016. Findings show signs that cargo theft has indirect connections with retail as most stolen goods are foods, drinks, electronics, tobacco and pharmaceuticals. Incidents often occur during weekdays when most retail and service establishments are operating. Although the São Paulo state capital shows the highest levels of cargo theft, it is in non-metropolitan areas that records of this offence are on the rise. Intra-state patterns show a convergence tendency of cargo theft levels over time between São Paulo’s metropolitan area and non-metropolitan municipalities. The chapter concludes with suggestions for a research agenda to improve the understanding of the phenomenon and reflecting upon its prevention.


Retail crime Robbery Space-time trends Cargo insurance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcelo Justus
    • 1
  • Vania Ceccato
    • 2
  • Gustavo C. Moreira
    • 3
  • Tulio Kahn
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of EconomicsUniversity of CampinasSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Urban Planning and Built EnvironmentKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of São Carlos (UFSCar)São PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Fundação Espaço DemocráticoSão PauloBrazil

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