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Cargo crime data captured by TAPA EMEA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) for July included further evidence of the social unrest and looting which took place in South Africa after the country’s former president Jacob Zuma was taken into police custody.
All three major crimes so far recorded for the month took place in South Africa, most notably the theft of 7,000 tyres valued at €5.292,407 from an Origin Facility in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on 11 July during widespread looting. The tyres have since been discovered being sold online. The other incidents with reported losses of €100.000 or more were:
In Cape Town, on 7 July, a truck transporting a cargo of catalytic converters was forced to stop by offenders driving a pick-up truck. The passenger approached the truck, pointing a firearm at the driver and his passenger. After taking over the truck, the thieves drove to an unknown location to unload the shipment. The truck was later found abandoned and the subsequent intelligence operation resulted in the recovery of the catalytic converters, although police are still hunting for the suspects.
A gang of 15 armed criminals driving in four cars ambushed a cash-in-transit van as its guards were loading cash into an ATM in Port Elizabeth on 2 July. The gang forced the guards to surrender their weapons before stealing the large quantity of banknotes. The driver of the C-I-T vehicle was arrested two days later on suspicion of involvement in the incident.
Other incidents in South Africa included:
To date, TAPA’s IIS has also received reports of three incidents in July with a loss value of between €50.000-€100.000:
With reporting levels in July and August traditionally impacted by the holiday season, TAPA’s IIS has so far recorded only 82 cargo theft incidents in July with a total loss value of €6.681.606. With only 7 or 8.4% of these crimes reporting financial data, the average loss for these thefts stood at €954.515.
Losses were recorded in 11 countries in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, including four with double digit incident rates:
Theft from Vehicle was the most recorded type of incident with 42 incidents during the month. 15 crimes stated the M.O. of Violent or Threat with Violence. Overall, TAPA recorded losses in eight IIS known product categories, led by eight thefts of Food & Drink.
In other incidents:
INCIDENTS BY REGION – TOP 5 COUNTRIES
Spain – total: 18
France – total: 16
South Africa – 15
United Kingdom – total: 14
GERMANY – total: 8