Data from TAPA EMEA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) continues to support the widely-held view that Manufacturers and Logistics Service Providers need more measurable and credible secure parking locations across the region.

Intelligence for Q2 2016 shows a total of 251 cargo crimes occurring at Unsecured Parking locations in EMEA, while data for the whole of 2015 showed 866 freight thefts or attempted thefts at Unsecured Parking locations, representing 57.2% of all incidents. In addition, there were 50 crimes at supposedly Secure Parking locations last year.

The need for TAPA EMEA to take a lead in this area was discussed at the Association’s conference in Paris in April and a number of members offered to participate in a Secure Parking Working Group to help take this initiative forward. Some of these volunteers are now actively engaged in the Working Group and others will be asked to share their specialist knowledge on specific issues as the project progresses.

The aim is already clear; to roll-out a robust Secure Parking Programme in Q1 2017.

To get there, the Working Group is focusing on four key areas of activity: 

  • Creation of a certifiable, graded audit process for parking locations that can be used for both self-certification and Auditor certified, and that is open to all Parking Owners;
  • Development of partnerships with like-minded stakeholders such as Parking Owners, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the relevant ministries of national governments;
  • Communications with government agencies, TAPA EMEA members, and other partners;
  • Explore the concept of an online tool to include a route planner, secure parking locator and contact details, an incident history overlay, and an option to provide feedback on the parking experience. Currently no single platform exists to combine route planning, known cargo crime incidents and secure parking.

TAPA EMEA wants to create an inclusive programme for all Parking Owners that can attain the appropriate security level. It will also ensure:

  • No cost for Entry Level certification for TAPA members and partners;
  • Each level of the Standard requires a certification process;
  • Monitoring is in place to ensure compliance;
  • Independent auditing processes are applied;
  • Easily ‘industry recognisable’ signage at certified parking sites;
  • Promotion to TAPA members to encourage use of the network of certified locations.

In a joint statement in April, the IRU and ESPORG called for more secure parking areas, including around multimodal transport hubs and terminals, to provide better security for trucks, their drivers and loads and mitigate the negative impact of the migration crisis. Michael Nielsen, who leads IRU’s work in the EU, said: “The lack of secure parking areas for trucks in the EU is a continuing challenge for operators and drivers. The migration crisis has highlighted this once again. The more unsecured parking areas, the higher the potential boarding places for stowaways. Truck drivers have the right to spend their rest periods in a place where they,their vehicle and their load are safe.”

Vigilant will continue to report on the progress of the TAPA EMEA Secure Parking Working Group.