Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the patterns of reported cargo thefts at
non-secure parking facilities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) with respect to stolen
value, frequency, incident category, and modi operandi.
Design/methodology/approach – This study is based on a system-theoretical approach that
emphasizes on a holistic rather than an atomistic view. The research method used in this paper is
deductive; the analysis is based on data obtained from the incident information service (IIS), a database
of transport-related crimes from the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) in the EMEA
region. The results are analysed and discussed within a frame of reference based on supply chain risk
management (SCRM) and criminology theories.
Findings – We found that 97 per cent of all attacks during a stop occur at non-secure parking
locations. Cargo thefts at these locations are more of a volume crime than high-value thefts. Seasonal
variations were seen in these thefts, and the most common type was an intrusion on weekdays
Research limitations/implications – This study is limited by the content of and the classifications
within the TAPA EMEA IIS database.
Practical implications – This paper is directly relevant to the current EU discussions regarding the
creation of a large number of secure parking facilities in the region.
Originality/value – This is one of the first papers in the field of SCRM that utilizes actual crime
statistics reported by the industry to analyse the occurrence of cargo theft by focusing on the
non-secure parking aspect in the transport chain.
2015. Vol. 432, no 1, 204-220 p.