€143,844 An unsecured parking location on the A556 in Knutsford, Cheshire, UK, was the scene of this crime, which resulted in the loss of phones, laptops and tablets from an HGV semi-trailer. It is not clear how the thieves gained entry to the vehicle, which was targeted on 6 December.

€134,448 An HGV loaded with musical equipment including guitars was stolen from a Services 3rd Party Facility in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, on 13 December, after off enders entered a warehouse yard and forced entry into the parked and unattended vehicle. The empty truck was later found abandoned.

€124,819 185 televisions disappeared on 9 December after the curtain side of a truck was cut open in a layby on the A45 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK.

€110,713 TAPA’s IIS received two separate notifi cations of incidents with this loss value in Scotland, both involving the theft of alcohol. In the fi rst crime reported on 9 December, alcohol was stolen from two trailers in an unsecured parking location in Linwood, Renfrewshire, while a week later, on 16 December, TAPA also recorded the loss of a cargo of gin and whisky after a loaded trailer was stolen in nearby Greenock.


Household appliances, including fridges and cookers, were stolen from a vehicle parked in a layby on the A14 in Woodford, Northamptonshire, on 12 December, after off enders cut open the curtain side of the truck.

€108,591 On 3 December, the same M.O. was used to steal unknown goods from a truck parked on an industrial estate in Milton Keynes, UK.

The 15 major crimes during the month produced a total combined loss of €3,444,887 or an average per crime of €229,659.

In the loss category involving goods with a value of between €50,000 and €100,000, TAPA EMEA received reports of 23 crimes last month, producing a total loss and average loss of €1,449,182 and €63,007 respectively. Both the number of incidents and combined value were more than double the corresponding fi gures for December 2017.

Cargo thefts in this loss range included:

• €86,276 – The theft of two parked and unattended trailers loaded with alcohol from a secured parking site on an industrial estate in Liverpool, North West UK, on 15 December. The thieves used two cloned tractor units to steal the trailers, which were carrying shipments of wine and cider. One of the trailers was later found empty in Skelmersdale in West Lancashire

• €84,030 – A shipment of televisions was stolen on 16 December after off enders cut the curtain side of a truck parked in a layby on the A1 in Newark-on-Trent in Northamptonshire, UK

• €75,254 – Newport Pagnell motorway services on the M1 in Buckinghamshire, UK, was the location of this crime on 4 December which saw thieves escape with a cargo of sports clothing after slashing the tarpaulin of a semi-trailer

• €72,826 – Another curtain-cutting incident, this time featuring a truck parked in a layby in Cromwell, Nottinghamshire, UK, ended with the theft of copper products on 17 December

• €71,705 – Gin was stolen from a truck parked at Watford Gap motorway services on the M1 in Northamptonshire on 13 December

• €65,283 – A semi-trailer loaded with furniture was stolen on 8 December after thieves used a tractor unit to force entry into the secured yard of a logistics depot in Stoke-on-Trent, Staff ordshire

• €62,742 – Assorted clothing and footwear items were taken from a parked and attended truck in a layby on the A14 in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on 19 December after thieves cut the curtain side of the vehicle

• €62,306 – Another shipment of gin was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in an unknown location in Coleshill, Warwickshire, on 6 December

• €62,306 – A day earlier, 5 December, TAPA’s IIS received a report of the theft of food and drink products from a vehicle parked on the A1 in Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire

• €61,622 – In another tarpaulin-cutting crime, off enders stole cosmetics from a truck in Castleford, West Yorkshire, on 13 December

Other products reported stolen in this value category in December included tyres, copper pipes, cleaning products, coff ee machines, laptops, aluminium, and window frame fi ttings.

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