TAPA highlights rising Euro cargo crime

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is calling for greater collaboration with law enforcement agencies in Europe to combat mounting cargo crime after its 2013 annual report revealed a 66 per cent increase in incidents recorded by the association and average losses per crime of €235,000.


TAPA highlights rising Euro cargo crime


The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is calling for greater collaboration with law enforcement agencies in Europe to combat mounting cargo crime after its 2013 annual report revealed a 66 per cent increase in incidents recorded by the association and average losses per crime of €235,000.

TAPA EMEA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) captured data on 1,145 separate crimes against high value, high risk goods moving in supply chains across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region in 2013, with the vast majority of thefts taking place in Europe.

In 2013, 165 ‘major’ crimes with a loss value in excess of €100,000 were recorded by TAPA EMEA. This is based on information provided by the association’s members, data from law enforcement agencies in the EMEA region and media reports.

“We know that manufacturers and logistics service providers that adopt TAPA’s security standards as part of their supply chain security programmes are three times less likely to suffer cargo crime. Nonetheless, the trend is clear; cargo crime is increasing, supply chains are being targeted by organised criminal gangs, and attacks are becoming more sophisticated and violent,” said Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA.

The 10 biggest thefts during the course of last year featured combined losses in excess of €55 million as thieves targeted diamonds, gold, silver, smart phones and tablets, currency, electronics, cigarettes and bicycle parts. Pharmaceuticals were another prime target for criminal gangs as well as metal, clothing, cosmetics and food & beverage products.