According to this article in Clarin, an average of four trucks a day are being attacked by the infamous “piratas del asfalto”.
I’ve written before about the asphalt pirates, gangs that operate by robbing trucks usually on highways when traveling between cities. Road Priates have been around for decades but their activity increased after the crisis just like all other criminal activity. Generally they attack trucks or convoys and they frequently do so disguised as cops or even putting up fake checkpoints.
Truck Carrying Dog Food got attacked in Berazategui, Buenos Aires this Friday.
It used to be that they looked mostly for expensive cargo such as electronics, but in recent years expensive food such as milk, cheese and other dairy products that keep going up in price due to inflation, are also being targeted by criminals. Due to the amount of robberies, electronics are now being transported in armored Cash in Transit trucks. Food isn’t transported in armored vehicles and besides, dairy has to be transported in refrigerated trucks.
Another interesting fact seems to be that electronics are just too expensive now and harder to resell, while mass consumption items are easier to “move”. Electronics are now just 8% of the robberies, while food (31%), perfumes (20%) y medicine (11%) are the favored ones. Cigarettes are also valued cargo that is easy to sell.
|Many stores have poorly stocked shelves. Rationing of certain products like flour and sugar is common.|
A good hit may land the gang with 300.000 USD in merchandise or more.
The assaults usually happen in the conurbano and the roads around Buenos Aires, especially to the south.
It is sad to think that a country that produces enough food to feed several times its population has food prices that are more expensive than USA and most European nations.