Freight News, Logistics

TAPA calls for cargo theft information

[ December 12, 2016   //   ]

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is asking law enforcement agencies, insurers, manufacturers and logistics service providers to share cargo crime intelligence to address under-reporting in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. It comes as TAPA’s latest data for thefts from supply chains in the third quarter shows a total of 489 newly-recorded losses, more than five a day and up 105.4% year-on-year.

The total loss figure for the 46.8% of crimes reported TAPA for the three months ended 30 September was €19.9 m, including 28 incidents involving a loss of more than €100,000 and a biggest single loss of €4 million of jewellery and precious Metals from a vehicle while in Arezzo, Italy, on 11 July.

Thorsten Neumann, Chairman of TAPA EMEA, said: “Of all the cargo thefts reported to our intelligence database, only around 5% are from TAPA members because generally their supply chains are far more resilient because of the steps they take to protect their products during the transportation process. The growth in the number of recorded cargo crimes is an industry-wide problem and using intelligence is the best possible way to avoid becoming a victim. However, there are still many countries, such as France, Germany, Italy and South Africa, where we believe the majority of thefts from warehouse facilities and trucks are not reported to our incident information system.”

All cargo crime information sent to TAPA is verified before being added to its database and no company or individual’s names are ever included in the data.

The willingness of law enforcement agencies in the UK and the Netherlands to share cargo crime data with TAPA’s IIS to help its members prevent thefts from occurring means both countries continue to feature at the top of EMEA’s list of freight theft ‘hotspots’. However, TAPA has warned that the level of risk in the UK and Netherlands may be no greater than in a host of other countries where a reluctance to share intelligence results in a lower, but often misleading, level of recorded crimes.