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Following a 37.4% year-on-year increase in cargo crimes reported to TAPA EMEA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) in 2015, the New Year provided no early indication of this trend reducing. In January 2016, IIS recorded intelligence on 92 new incidents, a 67.2% rise over January 2015.

The three biggest cargo thefts all occurred in the United Kingdom and accounted for a combined loss value of €1,206,257. The highest loss of €550,000 of handbags, wallets and sportswear was a classic ‘round the corner’ incident. On 21 January, a truck driver arriving at a destination facility in Enfield, North London, was approached by a man in a suit who claimed to work for the company receiving the load. He told the driver that there was a queue of vehicles waiting to unload and there would be...

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