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OEGSTGEEST, Netherlands: September 03, 2019. The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) reports supply chain product theft in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region was a record €55 million in the first six months (H1) of 2019.

After collating data from its Incident Information Service (IIS) on 3,981 cargo crimes in 2018, TAPA EMEA says H1 thefts had risen 5.1 percent to 4,198 by June 30, 2019.

“While these figures should set alarm bells ringing for manufacturers and the cargo industry, they are still only a fraction of the full impact of freight losses in the region,” declared recently elected TAPA EMEA president and CEO Thorsten Neumann (pictured). “Less than 30 percent of the losses in Q2/19 provided any financial data and, even more significantly, it is important to remember that we can only share intelligence on the thefts reported to our IIS database.

Thorsten Neumann President CEO of TAPA EMEAIn Q2 2019 the top 10 countries for recorded losses – France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, South Africa, Belgium, Romania and Italy – accounted for 91.8 percent of all incidents added to the IIS database.

The highest value loss in the quarter involved the theft of €10 million in cash from the cargo hold of an aircraft at Tirana airport, Albania on April 09. Between April and June, 24 losses with a value exceeding €100,000 contributed to an overall recorded loss of €21,048,706 from criminal attacks in 30 EMEA countries.

“The vast majority of crimes still are not being reported to us but we, and other associations we are engaged with, estimate the true cost of loss to be billions of euros every year in our region,” added Neumann.

As well as incidents across Europe and Scandinavia, TAPA’s IIS recorded Q2 losses from trucks and warehouses in the UAE, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Morocco as the number of reported crimes grew 167 percent year-on-year to 1,485.

Despite the increase in recorded crimes ,TAPA says it has gained strong support from police authorities in France and Germany: “We are especially appreciative of the trust and proactive support given to us by French and German law enforcement agencies to build our public-private partnerships and support our shared goals of preventing cargo crimes,” explained Neumann.

“In the first half of 2019, we recorded intelligence on over 2,000 attacks on supply chains in France and Germany compared to just 68 in the same period of last year as a result of this support. This is vital intelligence for our members and has been added to the data we receive from other police forces in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden and elsewhere in EMEA. Overall, we now have a database of over 30,000 cargo crimes in EMEA that our members can use to support their in-house security programmes,” he added.

Founded in 1997, TAPA’s membership in EMEA consists of nearly 600 of the world’s biggest manufacturers from industries such as the tobacco, food and drink, clothing & footwear, cosmetics and hygiene, pharmaceutical, automotive, technology, electronics, and furniture and household appliance sectors, as well as logistics service providers, law enforcement agencies, insurers and other security stakeholders.

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