Recorded cargo crimes in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region continue to show an alarming rate of growth, with the 598 new freight losses recorded in Q2 2016 representing a 92.9% increase year-on-year, according to the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Incident Information Service (IIS) database.
Of the new incidents reported to TAPA’s IIS for the three months ended 30 June 2016, 43.1% gave a loss value, producing a combined value for products stolen in these crimes of €19,334,815 and a significant rise on the €5,301,828 for the same period in 2015.
The Q2 2016 figure, when added to crimes with a value in Q1 of this year, adds up to a loss of €27,314,438 of products in EMEA in the first six months of this year, based on crimes reported to IIS.
In Q2 2016, TAPA says it recorded cargo losses in 18 countries in the EMEA region, including 21 major thefts involving a loss value of €100,000 or more. Most of these high value losses occurred in the UK, which accounted for eight of the total.
Based on all crimes reporting a value, the average loss for cargo thefts in the quarter was €74,941.
The biggest single loss reported to IIS in Q2 involved a violent Robbery of an HGV at a Destination Facility in Northamptonshire in the UK on 15 April and the theft of Toys/Games valued at €3,111,007. This was one of three seven-figure losses in the three-month period. In the other incidents, thieves in Paris broke into a facility on 26 June and stole two safes containing €3 million of luxury watches, while in April €1 million of hazelnuts were stolen from a warehouse facility in Piedmont, Northern Italy.
TAPA’s intelligence on product thefts shows 91.4% of all reported crimes in Q2 2016 occurred in just six countries; the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Russia and Italy. Overall, 47.5% or 284 of recorded crimes in the quarter took place in the UK, mostly in the East of England and the East Midlands. The 70.7% of UK crimes that gave a loss value were worth a combined €11,149,590.
Data for the last quarter also continued to reinforce TAPA’s message that virtually all products, irrespective of their unit cost, are now at risk of theft from the supply chain.
Food & Drink products, the most stolen goods in the whole of 2015 and Q1 2016, were once again the IIS product category with the highest number of losses; 76 or 12.7% of the Q2 total.
Overall, the TAPA Incident Information Services database received information on losses in 18 separate product categories. Seven of these averaged at least one theft a week or more in Q2 2016:
• Furniture/Household Appliances with 42 incidents or 7% of the Q2 total
• Clothing & Footwear – 34 or 5.7&
• Cosmetics & Hygiene – 32 or 5.4%
• Tools/Building Materials – 23 or 3.9%
• Tobacco – 22 or 3.7%
• Car Parts – 18 or 3%
• Tyres – 14 or 2.3%
“These figures should be a great cause for concern for all Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers because they clearly show the escalation of cargo crime. People wrongly assume that our crime data relates entirely to incidents suffered by TAPA EMEA members,” said Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA. “In fact, very few of these losses were suffered by our members because of the risk management strategies they have put in place, including adoption of the TAPA Security Standards.”
“The greatest risk is to the industry-at-large and, in particular, companies that have yet to fully recognise the issue of cargo crime,” he added. “We are encouraged by the growing awareness of the problem among law enforcement agencies in the EMEA region, many of which now report incidents to TAPA’s IIS to help our members prevent such crimes happening to them. However, we also want to stress the importance of companies reporting cargo crimes to the police in the first place because this is another big challenge, particularly with cross-border shipments. It is important that all stakeholders work together and support each other.”
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