Cargo crime is a serious problem affecting the roads of countries all over the world. Perhaps nowhere is this more prevalent than in Europe, where vast quantities of particularly expensive goods are transported between nations on the roads every single day of the year. In fact, the extent of the issue in Europe is that is costs European businesses just under eight and a half billion Euros per year.
The Transported Asset Protection Association, more commonly referred to as TAPA, is an organisation that was set up specifically to try and combat this massive issue of cargo crime. Amongst its hundreds of members, all united with a view of cutting this expensive criminal activity, are vehicle security specialists, law enforcement agencies, goods manufacturers and logistics and transit companies. But what can we all do to cut cargo crime?
Well, it really starts with bespoke security for commercial vehicles. Van locks, truck locks and immobilisers etc can go some way to reducing the threat of cargo crime. This really is something that should be implemented before a driver is even permitted to take the vehicle out onto the road and is the most basic security measure.
On top of that, TAPA advises that drivers should be made aware of any notorious crime spots on their own specific route, of the places with the lowest crime rates that they can stop if need be and of any other potential hazards on their own specific route. They should also be given full training on the security elements of their vehicle and told of the potential dangers in order that they are aware.
Unfortunately, no amount of preparation and security enhancements can ever ensure that crime definitely will not happen. However, in the same way that Governments across Europe work with law enforcement agencies and organisations like TAPA to reduce cargo crime as much as possible, so too should individuals and companies take a little bit of responsibility for ensuring the maximum safety measures taken.
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