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Union Pacific Weighs Avoiding Los Angeles as Cargo Theft Rises

US-PACKAGE THEFT-UNION PACIFIC-LOS ANGELES
Photographer: PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP

Union Pacific is considering changes to rail operations including avoiding Los Angeles County as a rise of cargo theft in the area hurts business.

It’s not exactly clear how the Omaha, Nebraska-based company would carry out such a threat and use alternatives to the nation’s largest gateway for imported goods. But what’s obvious is the railroad’s frustration with the lack of deterrents for committing crimes like trespassing and theft along the current route.