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  • 1. TRUCKPOL QUARTERLY REPORT July - Sep 2007 Welcome to the TruckPol quarterly report for the period July to September 2007. This report is not protectively marked and may be distributed freely without further reference to the originators. Introduction From January 2007 TruckPol became part of the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, based at Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire, although its role remains as before. In this way it is able to deliver a national perspective in its strategic overview of road freight criminality whilst at the same time providing a national database of stolen freight. TruckPol is still jointly funded with private sector sponsorship contributions and a Home Office matched fund grant. This document relies on data extracted from the databases maintained by TruckPol. It should be noted at the outset that the database on which this report is based is not a definitive list of all road freight crime as not all crime is reported to police and not all police forces report all crime to TruckPol. Additionally, information is received every day; data received late will appear in the annual report at the end of 2007 but may have been omitted from this report. Figures in this report may also therefore be at variance with data held by individual forces. Road Freight Crime by Value Recorded values reported in this section are published subject to the following proviso. Whilst TruckPol makes every effort to ensure that values are recorded as accurately as possible, there will inevitably be discrepancies between actual value to haulier, shipper and insurer and values given to police at the time of reporting. Because of this, the values given below must be viewed as a minimum guide only. Recorded Value Jul to Sep 2007 £ Sterling € Euro $ US Dollar Vehicle Value £11,277,014 €16,110,745 $32,646,006 Load Value £9,476,949 €13,539,513 $27,432,856 Combined Value £20,753,983 €29,634,041 $42,050,333 The average loss per incident is £36,347 or €51,920 or $73,630 -1-
  • 2. Road Freight Crime by Incident Type TruckPol has received 576 reports at the time of writing this bulletin. By comparison, TruckPol received 460 reports in the first quarter of 2007 and 556 reports in the second quarter of 2007. Incident Type No. of incidents No. of incidents No. of incidents (Jan - Mar 2007) (Apr- Jun 2007) (Jul - Sep 2007) Hijack 20 21 19 Theft of vehicle 169 301 356 Theft from vehicle 147 124 152 Theft (other) 29 50 19 Attempted Theft 45 43 21 Deception 17 5 7 Warehouse 13 12 2 Miscellaneous 0 0 0 Total 460 556 576 *An explanation of Incident Type categories can be found at Appendix A* OFFENCES BY INCIDENT TYPE Offence Type Warehouse 2% Hijack Att.Theft 3% 8% Deception 1% Theft (other) 9% Theft from vehicle Theft of vehicle 22% 55% Fig. 1 -2-
  • 3. Road Freight Crime by Property Type Property is classified in seven primary categories in order to achieve a common EU standard in accordance with both Home Office recommendations and European Council of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) guidelines in a paper entitled ‘Theft of Goods and Goods Vehicles’ CEMT/CM(2001)19. They are; A Electronic/Electrical B Clothes and Shoes C Food / Beverages D Household Goods E Alcohol F Cigarettes G Miscellaneous/Other In addition to these, TruckPol has the following sub-categories to assist in analysis of thefts of commodities, which are of particular interest to the UK; A1 Computer Equipment A2 Mobile Telephone Equipment G1 Building / Plant / Industrial / Machinery / Automotive G2 Art / Antiques G3 HAZMAT / Chemicals G4 Diesel Fuel G5 Metals -3-
  • 4. OFFENCE BY PROPERTY TYPE Load Type 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 ) ) l) al s) ) s) s) s) l) ) ) s) ls ds ol ca rs ue oe tri ou al ge ica te oh te oo tri et us (F et Sh ne ra pu m lc ec (M G nd ar ve 4 (A he la om d El G d ig t/I el Be 5 an l /C E (C s/ ho G an isc (C ic AT es se d F Pl (M n A1 an th tro ou M g/ lo G AZ d in ec (H oo (C ld (H l (E D ui (F B (B 3 A C G 1 G Fig. 2 Household Goods (D) comprise any items that can commonly be found in domestic use and includes furniture, kitchen equipment, toiletries and cleaning products amongst other things. Buildings/Plant/Machinery (G1) comprises items that are industrial/commercial, including car and machine parts, aluminium, glass and metals. Freight Crime Risk Maps The data below refers to Q1 & Q2 2007 crimes reported to TruckPol. NB: These documents rely on data extracted from the databases maintained by TruckPol. It should be noted at the outset that the database on which this report is based is not a definitive list of all road freight crime as not all crime is reported to police and not all police forces report all crime to TruckPol. Although not relevant for this quarter we thought that it should be included to show the crime trends in 2007 so far as the maps have not been reproduced at all this year. The Q2 & Q3 2007 maps will be produced in due course when the data is available. All maps are the property and copyright of FADV. Prepared By: Ronald Greene First Advantage Corporation Supply Chain Security Services Division www.fadv.com/supplychain Tel: 00 01.602.288.2042 -4-
  • 5. Fig.2 Freight Crimes by UK Postcode -5-
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  • 17. Crime Reports by Police Force Area By Police Area 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 W rds n t t ti ork l k m re W pt on ire L e er se y de H u am r e u t S u i re id an x M th cl e o r ire m te r e ch re ol es be re No H Va a e am ps y e s ick e E s re T h st h ire s & e sh r S o d ge r e Li W e S t a sh t at D er s e o n C h te ra ir nc se r th am ll e es rc i C a c es ys id nd W rw sh ir N o Y f fo id af Ke h ir i h hi i m s hi hi i h h t M lit nc al t Y sh M y sh br sh es sh rs L a er ng s ns a m Me ks la e s po b W et ro fo So an ut i e a h M St i er So Av re G Fig. 10 Police Forces who submitted less than 7 reports to TruckPol this quarter are not shown Emerging Trends The number of reports received at TruckPol has increased throughout each month of this quarter which, in one way, is good news as far as reporting issues are concerned. Procedures we have put into place to increase freight crime reporting from all 43 police forces are perhaps coming to fruition. The third quarter of 2007 has revealed the most expensive month since May in terms of vehicle and load losses with an 81.6% increase from July into September. However, the average load value has dropped slightly by 12.6% but this is a very fluid figure and the end of year report will show the true picture. Hijack numbers have reduced slightly this quarter from 21 to 19 offences recorded. However, the threat of attack remains, especially in the midlands region. Hijacks have occurred in West Midlands (7), Warwickshire (3), Staffordshire (3), Metropolitan Police (2) and one each in Greater Manchester, Northamptonshire, South Wales and finally Thames Valley Police area. Thankfully no weapons were used in any of the offences, although some sort of pepper/CS spray was though to be used in a Warwickshire th hijack on the 24 September. This was the most valuable load stolen with an estimated £1.3 million pounds worth of mixed computer goods stolen, as thieves blocked the road with a tractor unit and van. Other Modus Operandi has included a villain wearing a ‘police’ high visibility jacket in Northampton; a female accomplice used to approach the driver who he then states, drove the stolen unit away! Another common MO 1 is to lure the driver from his cab by some ruse and then attack him to get the keys. Several drivers have reacted by trying to hang on to the cab doors/mirrors and we feel it is only a matter of time before a driver is seriously injured or killed by his own truck. Theft of loads , usually by curtain slashing, make up 22% of all reports to TruckPol. Hotspots this quarter are happening in the following areas: 1 Modus operandi - 17 -
  • 18. • A34, Oxfordshire – lay-bys • Fleet MSA 2 , M3, Hampshire • Sutton Scotney MSA, A34, Hampshire • MOTO MSA, M2, Gillingham, Kent • A46, Warwickshire – lay-bys • Hapsford MSA, M56, Cheshire • A14, Northampton/Cambridge – lay-bys • A43, Northampton – lay-bys • Watford Gap MSA, Northampton • A40, Ross on Wye, Hereford & Worcestershire – lay-bys We are concerned about the number of attacks on Motorway Service Areas throughout the UK and are encouraging police to increase patrols on the run up to Christmas. Deceptions have shown a reduction but we feel that this is due to continued under reporting by police to TruckPol. As before, most offences occur in the south east of the UK. Offences have occurred in Barking; Dagenham; Belvedere, Kent (2); Hoddesden, Hertfordshire and Basildon. All were diversion type deceptions and products targeted were alcohol, perfume/cosmetics, chocolates and handbags. We have noticed an increase in thefts of vehicles from car transporters whilst parked overnight. Offences have occurred in lay-bys and also motorway Service Areas. It seems standard policy to leave the ignition keys in each vehicle, possibly to avoid the transporter delivery driver being attacked. Household goods (D) top the load type chart this quarter, closely followed by Electrical Goods (A) and alcohol (E). Metal loads (G5) continue to be targeted in the midlands region. Perfumes and cosmetics (D) are a prime target on the run up to Christmas and are easily disposed of within criminal networks. Conclusion The criminals have not had it all their own way this quarter with plenty of police activity surrounding freight crime. A joint operation by TruckPol, Derbyshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police resulted in a number of arrests and recovery of stolen shaving products that were being sold on EBay UK. The product was originally stolen a secure yard in Derbyshire. Following a HGV robbery in Bolton, Lancashire a warrant was executed at a warehouse in Cheshire and police recovered household goods and a significant amount of cocaine. A Merseyside nominal was arrested at the scene. We mentioned earlier about the theft of cars from the rear of transporters. Staffordshire Police arrested four Merseyside nominals on the M6 who had been involved in these types of offences. Staffordshire Police also arrested four Merseysiders for curtain slash offences on Keele Motorway Services, Stafford. A HGV robbery occurred in Warwickshire and witnesses took details of vehicles involved. A co-ordinated response by West Midlands Police resulted in a stolen rigid HGV on false plates and property from the attack being recovered. A second vehicle was also stopped by police. A total of four offenders, again from Merseyside, were arrested. We encourage anyone to report suspicious activity to their local police, CRIMESTOPPERS or fill in the online form on the TruckPol website to report an incident, www.truckpol.com . 2 motorway service area - 18 -
  • 19. We remain very grateful for the continued support of our industry supporters and would encourage any readers who might be thinking about joining this unique partnership, which has proved so beneficial to both police and industry, to contact TruckPol. These sponsors have enabled TruckPol to supply you with trends and information over the years, a service for which you have not been charged. Please consider thanking them by supporting us! Details on subscription/sponsorship/partnership are available from Stacy Taylor below. ~~~~~~~~~~ Contacting TruckPol If you want to contact TruckPol please do so at the following numbers: DC ANDREW ROUND - FIO Office: 02476 51 6246 Facsimile: 02476 82 6131 E-mail: truckpol@avcis.pnn.police.uk Web: www.truckpol.com STACY TAYLOR – OFFICE MANAGER Office: 02476 82 6123 Facsimile: 02476 82 6131 E-mail: truckpol@avcis.pnn.police.uk - 19 -
  • 20. Appendix A Road Freight Crime is recorded in the following categories: Hijack occasions where force or violence is used or threatened against a driver and the vehicle is stolen with/without the load. This includes theft by ROBBERY Attempted Hijack attempts to carry out the above Theft of where an unattended vehicle and/or load/trailer are stolen Theft from thefts of load from stationary vehicles e.g. Curtain slash or delivery vehicle left unlocked/unattended Theft (other) Thefts of trailers and other miscellaneous offences not within the above categories Attempted Theft relates to attempts to steal the vehicle and/or load but where suspects are unable due to complete the theft Deception relates to deceptions where drivers/companies are deceived into delivering elsewhere than to the intended destination. (Commonly referred to as ‘Round the Corner’) Warehouse burglaries of commercial premises where LGV is used to facilitate offence Other Miscellaneous notifications that fall outside the above categories - 20 -