Feb. 19, 2016—The reporting of cargo crimes to the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Incident Information Service (IIS) reached a five-year high in 2015, with 1,515 recorded freight thefts representing a 37.4 percent increase year on year, although the increase reflects an increasingly accurate picture of cargo crime rather than an increase in crime levels, the organization claimed.
TAPA said the 2015 data reflects growing awareness of cargo crime among law enforcement agencies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, plus the willingness of police forces in major European countries to share data with the association to help its manufacturing and logistics service provider members increase the security of their supply chains.
Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA, commented: “We know that the number of cargo crimes reported by TAPA and others still only reflects what may be a relatively low percentage of overall cargo crimes. Often, this is because freight thefts are recorded by law enforcement agencies only as commercial property or vehicle crimes, so it is difficult to extract the data that specifically relates to supply chain losses.
“However, this is changing and, in 2015, we received a record number of intelligence updates from police authorities, which is extremely encouraging. This is enabling us to build an increasingly accurate picture of cargo crime in our region.”
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