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Page 10 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2016 The key to dAily news in the airfreight industry www.impactpub.com.au/aircargo ON LINe, ON TARgeT, ON US. TAPA applauds increased crime data sharing - but totals continue to rise INCReASeD sharing of cargo crime data by law enforcement agencies will enable manufacturers and logistics ser- vice providers to further protect high value and ‘theft attractive’ goods in supply chains and relieve the pressure on police forces dealing with a grow- ing number of incidents in the europe, Middle east and Africa (eMeA) region, according to the Trans- ported Asset Protection Association (TAPA). Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA eMeA said: “Our members are able to operate more re- silient supply chains because they can use the intelligence we already receive from some police forces to avoid known ‘hotspots’ for cargo crimes and to protect their facilities and vehicles against the types of attacks we know are taking place several times a day in europe alone. We already receive data from law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, ger- many and Sweden and now we have a commitment from French police to also share data with our Incident Infor- mation Service (IIS). However, we need much more crime intelligence from across the eMeA region if industry is to help the police tackle this issue. Similarly, we are asking more insurers to help us gain a better understanding of the true level of cargo crime, which remains massively under-reported.” His comments come as cargo crimes reported to TAPA’s IIS in the europe, Middle east and Africa (eMeA) region reached a three-year high in Q1 2016, with an average of nearly five incidents every day culminating in mil- lions of euros of losses for manufac- turers and logistics service providers. Overall, 444 incidents were reported to TAPA’s IIS in the region in the first three months of 2016, a 115 per cent increase year-on-year. This compared to 216 and 206 freight thefts recorded by the Association in the first quarters of 2014 and 2015 respectively. Thefts of products from supply chains were reported in 19 countries in eMeA in Q1 2016 and included 29 major losses with a value of more than eUR100,000. The total loss for the 24.1 per cent of inci- dents reporting a value for their loss (not all victims do) was eUR7,979,623 and this produced an average loss of eUR74,547. The highest single loss reported over the three months was the theft of eight pallets of perfume valued at eUR600,000 from a trailer in Lastrup, Lower Saxony, in germany. TAPA’s incident intelligence data shows that 86.2 per cent of cargo thefts in the three months occurred in four countries. Some 131 new incidents were reported in the United Kingdom, 126 in the Netherlands, 86 in germany and 40 in Sweden, with all four countries recording an increase year-on-year as a result of increased sharing of incident data by police au- thorities. France, South Africa and Italy recorded a further total of 32 cargo crimes. The UK also record- ed most of the major cargo crimes, 13 in total, followed by germany with seven. Continuing a trend reported in TAPA’s IIS Annual Report for 2015, data for the first quarter of this year shows the wide variety of products being targeted by cargo thieves, with high volumes of lower value goods proving just as attractive to criminals as high value products. In the 16 IIS product categories reporting losses in Q1, Food & Drink recorded the highest number of incidents – as it did for the whole of 2015 – with 48 losses or 10.8 per cent of the 444 Q1 crimes. There were 35 recorded cases of thefts of Clothing & Footwear, 25 losses of Computers/Laptops, 24 incidents involving Furniture/Household Appliances, and 20 reported crimes in both the Cosmetics & Hygiene and Tools/Building Materials categories. Other products stolen from supply chains by cargo thieves in Q1 included tobacco, tyres, toys and games, bicy- cles, metal, sports equipment, pharma- ceuticals, car parts, cash and phones.