Recorded cargo theft rose significantly for the first 11 months of 2016 in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, according to data from the Transportation Asset Protection Association (TAPA).

Statistics for April and June recorded increases of 247.5% and 265.3% respectively, with November showing an increase of 56% year-on-year, as reported to TAPA’s Incident Information Service (IIS).

Fifteen countries in EMEA recorded freight losses in November totalling $6,398,145. The biggest single loss reported to ISS was valued at $892,948 comprising computers and laptops. The goods were stolen from a parked truck in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK, on November 3. The next two significant crimes, in terms of value, were the theft of caviar in Moscow. The first incident occurred in the Khoroshevsky district on November 1 which resulted in a loss of $363,763 from a packing plant.  On November 28 a similar theft was reported in the Perovo district with a recorded loss of $620,202 of red caviar. Central heating boilers worth $357,179 were stolen from a trailer parked in an unsecured parking location in Tiffield, Northamptonshire, UK, on November 3.

In November 2016, thefts from vehicles in unsecured parking areas were the most popular locations for recorded crimes in 30.8% of reports. Truck stops accounted for 15.6% of recorded incidents while factories and warehouses totalled 10.9% of the total for the month. In the type of incident category, theft from vehicles dominated featuring in 65.8% of reported crimes. The highest recorded modus operandi was intrusion which was listed as 66.7% of thefts.

Types of items stolen in 2016

Almost anything is fair game when it comes to cargo theft. Some of the items stolen include: perfume, music equipment, televisions, circular saws, tires, computers/laptops, copper cabling, kitchen products, homeware products, jackets, bicycles, white wine, soft drinks, frozen fish, and the list goes on.