11 consecutive months of increases in incidents vs. 2015 as crimes with a value exceed €6 million.


Recorded cargo theft in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region continued its upward spiral in November with 231 new crimes reported to TAPA’s Incident Information Service (IIS), a 56% increase year-on-year.

Last month’s figures mean the IIS database has recorded substantial year-on-year increases in all 11 months to date of 2016.

Freight losses were recorded in 15 countries in EMEA in November. Values were provided in 43.3% of crimes, resulting in an overall loss totalling €6,035,986. This meant the average loss for crimes with a value last month was €60,359.

10 of the latest incidents involved major losses with a value of €100,000 or more.    

The biggest single loss reported to IIS involved Computers/Laptops stolen in a Theft from Vehicle incident in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire on 3 November, one of seven major crimes in the UK during the month. Thieves cut the curtain side of a parked and attended truck and stole goods with a value of €842,404.

The next two highest value crimes both occurred in Moscow and featured the loss of caviar. The first of these incidents, which resulted in a loss of €343,173, took place on 1 November in the city’s Khoroshevsky district when thieves broke into an Origin Facility. At the end of the month, 28 November, a very similar crime was reported in Moscow’s Perovo district in which the offenders cut through a wall of a facility to steal €585,096 of red caviar.

On 3 November in Tiffield, Northamptonshire, UK, IIS recorded a Theft from Vehicle that saw thieves cut the curtain side of a parked and attended trailer in an unsecured parking location. Central heating boilers worth €336,961 were taken.

The remaining high value losses in the UK featured:

·       €260,000 – A shipment of perfumes stolen from a trailer en route in Manchester shortly after it left its depot on 27 November

·       €236,847 – 20 pallets of music equipment stolen from a truck left at Toddington services on the M1 motorway in Bedfordshire on 26 November. This incident occurred sometime between 15.15hrs on Saturday 26th and 22.00hrs the next day as the driver took a designated 24 hour rest break.

·       €141,833 – Another incident recorded at a motorway services, this time Watford Gap in Northamptonshire on 29 November. It was a violent robbery targeting televisions

·       €139,712 – Whisky and wine was taken from a vehicle in Moulton, Northamptonshire, on 9 November after offenders cut the curtain side of a truck

·       €103,994 – Milton Keynes in Bedfordshire was the location of this curtain-cutting crime that saw thieves escape with a cargo of circular saws from a parked and attended semi-trailer on 17 November

In the incident at Watford Gap services, three men attacked the parked and attended UK-registered HGV, cutting the curtain side of the vehicle. As they were removing the TVs into a waiting van, they were disturbed by the driver. The driver was subsequently attacked and told to lie down in the semi trailer while the thieves unloaded the cargo. He was then told to put his shirt and coat over his head and bundled into the boot of a car. The driver was later abandoned on the A5 road in Warwickshire and was able to get help from passing motorists before alerting the police. 

A Road Transportation Facility in Lauenau, Lower Saxony, Germany, was the scene of the other major cargo theft and involved another night-time attack on a vehicle. In this case, on November 9, thieves stole 470 Computers/Laptops with a reported value of €159,182.

TAPA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) recorded a further 22 crimes with a recorded value of between €50,000 and €100,000. With the exception of one loss of five pallets of shirts valued at €71,418 from an unlocked trailer in Sweden’s Skåne County, all of these thefts in this recorded value range took place in the UK. The total loss figure for all 22 crimes was €1,443,212.

The losses in the UK were:  

·       €95,627 – Theft from Vehicle crime and the loss of unspecified cargo from an unsecured parking location in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on 16 November

·       €93,236 – A cargo of Tyres stolen from a parked and attended truck at a Road Transportation Facility in Rugby, Warwickshire on 16 November

·       €91,009 – Computers/Laptops stolen from a vehicle at an unsecured parking location in Hyndburn, Lancashire, on 28 November 

·       €81,283 – Copper cabling stolen after offenders cut the curtain side of a truck at a Road Transportation Facility in Bardon, Leicestershire, on 22 November

·       €77,697 – Another theft of Tyres, this time after the back door locks of a parked and attended semi-trailer were forced open in Towcester, Northamptonshire, on 15 November

·       €65,743 – Combi boilers stolen from a truck at an unsecured parking location on the A1 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on 14 November

·       €65,743 – Thieves stole kitchen products from a vehicle at an unsecured parking place in Little Ponton, Lincolnshire, on 22 November

·       €64,034 – Homeware products stolen in a Theft from Vehicle crime at a Road Transportation Facility in Greetham, Rutland, on 9 November  

·       €62,899 – Theft of a shipment of Tyres from a vehicle in Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, on 2 November

·       €59,766 – Theft of unspecified cargo from a truck in Harworth, Nottinghamshire on 20 November after thieves cut the back door lock during the night

·       €59,766 – Theft from Vehicle of unspecified products from a Road Transportation Facility in Markfield, Leicestershire on 18 November

·       €59,377 – Theft of jackets in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on 8 November, following another curtain-cutting attack on a parked and attended vehicle during the night

·       €59,254 – Bicycles stolen from an Authorised 3rd Party Facility near Tower Bridge, London, on 26  November

·       €58,859 – Unspecified cargo taken from a truck at an unsecured parking location in Blaby, Leicestershire, on 11 November, another overnight curtain cutting crime 

·       €56,160 – A Theft from Vehicle incident on 2 November in Grantham, Lincolnshire, and the loss of a cargo of white wine. Once again, thieves targeted a parked and attended truck during the night 

·       €54,985 – Thieves cut the curtain of a truck parked at the Leicester Forest East services in Leicestershire on 22 November and stole a number of unspecified products

·       €53,790 – Soft drinks stolen from a parked and attended vehicle at an unsecured parking location in Upper Heyford, Northamptonshire, on 24 November

·       €53,790 – Theft of unspecified cargo on 18 November  after offenders targeted a parked and attended vehicle in Kettering, Northamptonshire 

·       €53,790 – Unspecified products taken from a truck parked in a lay-by in Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, on 23 November

·       €52,594 – No product details were recorded for this Theft from Vehicle crime in Crick, Northamptonshire, on 24 November. Thieves cut the curtain side of the truck

·       €52,392 – An incident at an unsecured parking location in Corby, Northamptonshire, on 9 November. No product details were reported for this overnight crime in which the curtain side of a truck was cut open to reach the goods inside

Four of the 15 countries recording cargo crimes in the EMEA region in November reported 10 or more incidents. These were:

·       United Kingdom – 93 or 40.2% of the month’s total incidents

·       Netherlands – 78 or 33.8%

·       Germany – 20 or 8.6%

·       Sweden – 17 or 7.4%

Furniture/Household Appliances was the IIS product category with most recorded losses last month, 22 crimes or 9.5% of the November total. There were 16 losses involving Food & Drink products, 6.9% of all crimes last month, while three other product categories recorded 10 or more incidents:

·       Computers/Laptops – 14 or 6.1%

·       Clothing & Footwear – 13 or 5.6%

·       Cosmetics & Hygiene – 13 or 5.6%

In another 13 cases, trucks or trailers were stolen but had no load onboard. Overall, 16 IIS product categories recorded losses last month. In 87 or 37.7% of thefts reported to IIS, the stolen goods were unspecified.

The types of locations for cargo crimes in November were unknown in 74 or 32% of incidents. The highest known location for recorded crimes was Unsecured Parking in 71 or 30.8% of reports. The other two main locations for losses during the month were Road Transportation Facility and Origin Facility with 36 or 15.6% and 25 and 10.9% of the recorded incidents respectively.

Theft from Vehicle dominated the Type of Incident category, featuring in 152 or 65.8% of reported crimes, well ahead of Theft from Trailer, which accounted for 27 or 11.7% of the November incidents. Similarly, Intrusion was the highest recorded M.O. last month and was listed in 154 or 66.7% of thefts.