NEWPORT, UK: Since 2008, losses from cargo theft have risen from €58,000 to €235,000 per event according to the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA).
In its latest annual report TAPA says there was a 66 percent rise in incidents last year and it wants greater collaboration between European law enforcement agencies in a bid to reverse the trend.
Last year association members in Europe, the Middle East and Africa reported 1,145 thefts of high-value goods with 165 events producing losses of over €100,000.
The 10 biggest thefts in 2013 featured combined losses in excess of €55 million as thieves stole diamonds, gold, silver, smartphones and tablets, currency, electronics, cigarettes and bicycle parts. Pharmaceuticals were another prime target as well as metal, clothing, cosmetics, food and drink.
Thorsten Neumann, TAPA EMEA chairman, said attacks on his members' supply chains are becoming more sophisticated and violent. "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."
The association says over half of the crimes last year involved thefts from vehicles and the association says there's a growing trend of criminals boarding moving trucks to steal goods on motorways as well as thefts from facilities, fraudulent pick-ups, fake police stops and violent hijackings.
Neumann added: "TAPA EMEA is receiving strong support from the Dutch and Belgian police, who are sharing their incident data with us to help our members gain a better understanding of the volume and locations of incidents and the tactics being used by criminals. We also have good dialogue and cooperation with Europol and Interpol. This is all essential intelligence when it comes to planning a resilient supply chain."