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OEGSTGEEST, Netherlands: August 08, 2016. The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) says reported cargo theft in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region was 93 percent higher in the second quarter (Q2) of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

TAPA said the reported value of losses for the first six months of 2016 was €27.31 million.

TAPA theftsDuring Q2, companies recorded cargo losses in 18 countries throughout EMEA including 21 major thefts with a loss value of €100,000 or more. The UK accounted for eight of the total number including the biggest single loss of €3,1 million following a violent robbery in Northamptonshire. Other incidents included the theft of €3 million in watches from two safes in Paris and €1 million worth of hazelnuts from a warehouse in Piedmont, Northern Italy.

The association said 91.4 percent of all reported crimes in the period occurred in just six countries: the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Russia and Italy.

Of the 598 new cargo crimes in Q2, 527 were thefts or attempted thefts involving trucks with most taking place at unsecured parking locations - often when drivers are required to take mandatory rest breaks. There were also 21 cases of truck hijackings, 10 in South Africa and six in Italy.

TAPA said it had received information on losses in 18 product categories with seven averaging at least one theft a week in Q2:

• Furniture/Household Appliances with 42 incidents or 7.0 percent of the Q2 total
• Clothing & Footwear - 34 or 5.7 percent
• Cosmetics & Hygiene – 32 or 5.4 percent
• Tools/Building Materials – 23 or 3.9 percent
• Tobacco – 22 or 3.7 percent
• Car Parts – 18 or 3 percent
• Tyres – 14 or 2.3 percent

Chairman of TAPA EMEA Thorsten Neumann commented: "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. 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," he added.

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