Freight News, Business

Anti-crime agency praises UK’s proactive approach

[ June 9, 2015   //   ]

Cargo crime data recorded by Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) Europe, Middle East and Africa’s Incident Information Service (IIS) in the first quarter of 2015 shows the UK and the Netherlands with the highest levels of reported incidents, accounting for over 67% of the 206 freight thefts or attempted thefts in the three months to the end of March.
The UK recorded 70 cargo crimes in IIS in Q1 2015, a 133% rise over the 30 incidents recorded in the same period of 2014. The Netherlands saw a 17% increase year-on-year with 69 incidents. The 206 new cargo crimes included 18 incidents with a loss value of over €100,000.
Thorsten Neumann, Chairman of TAPA EMEA, said: “Whilst highlighting the UK and the Netherlands as hotspots for incidents, what this latest data for Q1 demonstrates more than anything is the growing importance our police partners in these countries are giving to tackling the problem of cargo crime. By collecting and sharing intelligence, they are setting an example we hope other law enforcement agencies in our region will follow.2
TAPA ALSO praised the proactive approach of UK and Netherlands law enforcement agencies in helping to make supply chains more resilient.
“The UK and the Netherlands are certainly not the only countries under threat from organised cargo crime gangs. In Q1, TAPA EMEA gathered information on increasingly-violent crimes in 14 countries. The proactive data and intelligence sharing of the British and Dutch police is helping TAPA EMEA members to manage risk and operate more secure supply chains, which is a perfect example of the public-private partnerships we have been developing in the last 2-3 years. We are actively working with other policing groups and national agencies to promote the value of working with us and to help them to specifically identify cargo crime. This is vital if we are to understand the full scale of the problem.”
TAPA EMEA is continuing to work with the European Commission, national government ministries and policing bodies such as INTERPOL, Europol and TISPOL to encourage greater intelligence sharing.