TAPA highlights rising truck cargo crime

The Association’s Incident Information Service (IIS) recorded 238 cargo crime incidents in the three months to 30 September 2015 with TAPA noting that cargo crime is “massively” under-reported.


TAPA Transported Asset Protection Association


The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), has highlighted a worrying trend as cargo crime climbed a further 10.6 per cent in the third quarter in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The Association’s Incident Information Service (IIS) recorded 238 cargo crime incidents in the three months to 30 September 2015 with TAPA noting that cargo crime is “massively” under-reported for a variety of reasons.

“These latest figures reveal the continuing rise in cargo crime but they still only give part of the picture. Incidents all over the world are massively under-reported for a number of reasons,” said Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA. “Often it is because law enforcement agencies only record everything as vehicle or property crime and do not categorise actual cargo crime. We also know some companies are reluctant to admit they have been a victim of crime, even though they can report it to our IIS anonymously.”

While only 18 per cent of the 238 new cargo crimes reported a value, the total loss for these incidents alone was €4.3 million. This includes 10 major crimes with a loss value in excess of €100,000. Three of these highest value crimes occurred in the United Kingdom, two took place in France and thefts were also recorded in Belgium, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands and Norway.