Europe subjected to 3 cargo thefts daily, says TAPA

EMEA recorded 1,102 incidents of cargo crime in the region. For the 33 per cent of crimes reporting a value, total losses for the year were €74,847,422.


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There was an average of three major cargo crimes a day targeting high value, theft-attractive products in the supply chain in Europe in 2014 with an average loss of €205,624, according to the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) 2014 Incident Information Service (IIS) Annual Report for the EMEA region.

For the year as a whole, TAPA EMEA recorded 1,102 incidents of cargo crime in the region. For the 33 per cent of crimes reporting a value, total losses for the year were €74,847,422.

In addition to concerns over the number of crimes and the value of losses, TAPA EMEA says the use of violence by organised criminal gangs continued to grow last year with a 4.5 per cent year-on-year increase, driven largely by 102 violent hijackings of trucks, notably in France, Italy and South Africa.

The figures show the top 10 cargo crimes in 2014 involved a combined loss of €32,471,000. Overall, there were 15 thefts from facilities and vehicles during the year with losses exceeding €1 million as criminal gangs targeted everything from scratchcards, cosmetics, consumer electronics, and clothing and footwear to tobacco products, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, car parts and tyres, and cash.

TAPA’s IIS received information on 157 ‘major’ incidents in 2014, classified as thefts involving a loss in excess of €100,000.