The Use of Violence in Cargo Theft - A Supply Chain Disruption Case
Journal article, 2018

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.

transport chain


violence in cargo theft

supply chain disruption



Daniel Ekwall

University of Borås

Hanken School of Economics

Björn Lantz

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Journal of Transportation Security

1938-7741 (ISSN) 1938-775X (eISSN)

Vol. 11 1 2-3 21

Areas of Advance


Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics



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