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27 April 2018

G4S: Increase in crime rate of freight road transport

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The crime rate in the area of road freight transport has increased by 72.3 per cent in the last year, crime affected 34 countries in the EMEA region

In the year 2017 the crime rate in the area of road freight transport has significantly increased. According to the information by TAPA, Transported Asset Protection Association, the number of cases of larceny has increased by 72.3 per cent in comparison with the year 2016. The highest loss was 4 million EUR and it was connected with the theft of jewels. The most frequently stolen goods of last year were food and drinks which represented 10.6 per cent of all the goods stolen. As a response to the situation described above, G4S offers the service of the control of cargo and vehicles movement.

In its annual report TAPA, Transported Asset Protection Association, which fights against crime in transport, confirmed the unfavourable tendency of continuously growing crime rate in the area road freight transport. This also affected 34 countries in the EMEA region where the number of crimes reached 2 611 with the average loss of 68 thousand euros. 84 crimes were classified as violent.

The current situation in road freight transport is really alarming. The most effective protection against this kind of crime resides in the combination of several security measures. G4S responded to the unfavourable development of last years by introducing new services in the area of the control of vehicles and cargo movement, including detection checks of the content of consignments,” says Lenka Nováková, Business Development Director G4S Czech Republic.

As part of the services of the control of vehicle and cargo movement provided by G4S, clients can choose either the service of remote monitoring of vehicles or manned escort and GPS monitoring of vehicles.

Remote monitoring of vehicle includes e.g. monitoring of transport from the very beginning, selection of the optimum route or checking the already selected route. At the same time, when a non-standard situation is detected, the operator immediately sends the nearest patrol or notifies the police.

The manned escort and GPS monitoring of vehicles includes e.g. the inspection of the condition of a vehicle before the transportation is commenced, the supervision and documentation of the course of loading and equipping vehicles with the respective information and communication technology. As a part of this service, drivers are also instructed on the course of escorted transportation and on communication with the escort and monitoring centre, including the potential intervention by the police or other non-standard situations.

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