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While the sudden spike in fuel thefts grabbed the headlines in March, this was far from the full extent of cargo crimes committed in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region. The TAPA EMEA Intelligence System (TIS) recorded a total of 204 cargo thefts or attempted thefts in the 31 days of the month in 16 countries.
Only 13 or 6.3% of last month’s crimes reported to TIS provided a value but the total loss still reached over €5 million and produced an average loss for incidents with a value of €386,518. The average loss for major cargo crimes (thefts of goods worth €100K or more) was an even higher €614,140, resulting from 8 high value incidents, including:
So far, only one cargo crime has been recorded for March in the €50K-€100K value range. It occurred after an offender broke into a truck and stole several dozen bags containing precious metals in Reventin-Vaugris in southeastern France on 14 March.
Five countries accounted for nearly 85% of all crimes reported to TAPA EMEA’s TIS:
The most recorded types of incidents over the course of the month were:
Of the 8 known types of locations, 5 recorded double-digit incident rates:
30 of the cargo crimes reported in March involved the M.O. of Violent & Threat with Violence.