The use of violence in cargo theft – a supply chain disruption case

Daniel Ekwall, Björn Lantz

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This paper examines patterns of reported cargo thefts involving violence in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region with regard to the value of stolen goods, incident frequency, transport chain location, and incident category. The research method is deductive and is based on analyses of secondary data obtained from the Incident Information Service by the Transported Asset Protection Association. The results are discussed within a frame of reference based on supply chain risk management and supply chain disruption literature. We found that perpetrators who use violence seem to cause greater losses per theft than those who use other types of modus operandi. Further, the most common type of violent cargo theft occurs on Mondays in January when cargo vehicles are robbed on the road and consumer electronics are stolen. In terms of supply chain disruption, violent cargo thefts can be seen as externally-caused disruptions, which can indirectly cause major problems for the supply chain.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Transportation Security
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 18.01.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Hijack
  • Robbery
  • Transport chain
  • Violence in cargo theft
  • Supply chain disruption


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