The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) who are one of the world’s leading security experts for the supply chain industry has stated that better industry collaboration is required to tackle the threat of violent cargo crimes in South Africa.
TAPA is asking businesses across the country to share intelligence on cargo thefts and criminal attacks on facilities and trucks. These problems will be highlighted further at the TAPA South Africa Regional Conference 2019 to be held in Gauteng province on 26 July 2019.
Experts in the logistics, secure parking, risk solutions, technology and legal sectors will be giving presentations on several key topics including:
- Supply chain sustainability
- Managing operational risk
- Truck violence and how it can be avoided
- Behavior pattern recognition
- Employee collusion in cargo losses
- Firearm law vs criminal law
President & CEO of TAPA’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, Thorsten Neumann explains, “South Africa is like so many other countries in EMEA in respect of the significant under-reporting of cargo crimes, but the intelligence we do have provides a very clear understanding of the modus operandi used by criminals to steal products from facilities, parked trucks and while vehicles are en route. The direct and indirect losses from these attacks can be hundreds of thousands of euros per incident, not to mention threats to the safety of employees. In May, one truck driver was killed when his vehicle was forced off the road in Western Cape in a crime which saw the offenders steal a shipment of clothing and footwear products valued at more than €156,000.
“Cargo crime in South Africa is hardly news anymore – but companies do not have to face this threat alone and should not think there are no solutions to make their supply chains more resilient. Through our Incident Intelligence Service (IIS), Security Standards, training and networking, TAPA is already helping many of the world’s leading manufacturers and logistics service providers to make their supply chains more secure in South Africa. However, as an industry, we must still do more. Collaboration between like-minded security professionals is our greatest asset in staying one step ahead of organised criminals who see supply chains as easy, low-risk targets. TAPA is ready to engage with, and support, any companies that need our help in South Africa, as we are across EMEA, whether they are a manufacturer or a provider of any mode of freight transport or logistics services.”