Keeping an eye on valuable cargo

By Allyson Koekhoven. (Hi-Tech Security Solutions | Volume 22 Number 11 | November 2016)

Covert escort vehicles move in unison with a customer’s valuable cargo.

Extremely valuable cargo is generally tracked using tracking tags which are placed on or in the cargo as well as a transmitter that is fitted to the vehicle carrying the cargo. This provides fleet owners and controllers with the ability to determine the location of the vehicle and cargo. However, in the event of theft or hijacking, the response is reactive rather than proactive. While some tracking companies claim recovery success rates of up to 95%, prevention is always better than cure.

One of the major obstacles encountered by fleet owners when goods are in transit, is the accelerated use of signal jamming devices. By jamming communication signals, criminals prevent the vehicle’s occupants from contacting fleet controllers and security companies, thereby placing the vehicle, its cargo and its occupants at risk, since they are basically incommunicado. Signal jamming devices render the total communication and vehicle tracking network of a company useless during activation. Proactive interception Andre Du Venage, MD of Secure Logistics, says that the company deploys a number of covert escort vehicles which move in unison with a customer’s vehicle carrying valuable cargo. Both the cargo vehicle and the escort
Andre Du Venage, MD of Secure Logistics. Keeping an eye on valuable cargo By Allyson Koekhoven. Covert escort vehicles move in unison with a customer’s valuable cargo. vehicle are fitted with signal jamming detection and prevention equipment to ensure that any attempts to jam communication signals are detected and intercepted proactively and timeously. Once signal jamming equipment has been detected, the Secure Logistics team enters a high alert phase and contingency measures are activated. Since both vehicles utilise the same equipment, the escort vehicle does not need to have the cargo vehicle in its sights. This provides the company with the element

This provides the company with the element
of surprise, since neither the cargo drivers nor the criminals are aware of the presence of the escort vehicle and attacks on the escort vehicle are generally eliminated. Insider job A staggering 95% of hijackings and cargo theft are facilitated through insider information. The challenge says Du Venage is that there are often many parties involved in the clearing and forwarding process and to finally move the cargo to its destination and therefore the information related to the cargo is available to a number of people. How the team reacts in the event of a potential or actual hijacking is therefore critical. A covert escort service addresses the concerns that companies have in terms of signal jamming by nullifying its effect to a large extent. Early detection provides fleet owners and controllers with the upper hand and forms part of a chain of actions that result in minimal risk to the cargo as well as the transport vehicle’s occupants.

For more information contact:

Andre Du Venage, Secure Logistics, +27 (0)11 391 6268,

Setting transport asset protection standards

By Allyson Koekhoven. (Hi-Tech Security Solutions | Volume 22 Number 11 | November 2016)

Best practices in protecting high-value cargo.

The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), based in the Netherlands, is an internationally recognised leader in the fight against high value theft targeted (HVTT) assets crime. Andre Du Venage, MD of Secure Logistics, who heads up the South African workgroup of TAPA, says that the organisation was originally formed on the back of growing concerns around the safeguarding of cargo in warehouses and in transit. The need to tackle HVTT asset theft in a concerted manner resulted in industry representatives drawing on their cumulative skills and knowledge to develop an effective way of thwarting criminals. Essentially, TAPA has developed a generic risk management design tailored for logistics companies.

One of the successful elements of this collaboration locally is the partnership with technology companies for the production of solutions to mitigate the signal jamming threat. Underpinning this and other developments is the Trucking Security Requirements (TSR), which outlines the minimum standards for security and industry best practice for over-the-road carriers of HVTT assets. These standards are part of the formal certification process and TAPA advises companies to employ them to enhance the shipper-carrier relationship. Similarly, the Facility Security Requirements (FSR) are minimum standards for security and industry best practice for facilities storing and handling HVTT assets.

While TAPA’s asset protection portfolio is more highly evolved in Europe, South Africa is quickly adopting the principles espoused by the organisation. Membership of TAPA provides members with access to high-end, comprehensive training as well as third-party audit facility for supply chain facilities. A free conference (travel and accommodation costs are not included) is organised annually for members and allows delegates to network with fellow members and absorb information on current trends and best practice in the field of HVTT asset security. TAPA WG SA also facilitates monthly meetings locally to address current security matters. For more information on becoming a member. of TAPA, visit


Transport Asset Protection Association (TAPA) SA set for growth September 2014, Associations, News

Andre Du Venage, TAPA Chairman 2016

TAPATAPA, the Transport Asset Protection Association is an international body dedicated to the prevention of cargo crime. There are three primary TAPA branches: TAPA Americas, TAPA EMEA and TAPA APAC. Within these branches there are chapters in Mexico and South Africa.

HVTT (high value theft targeted) asset theft poses a major problem for many industries. Theft of electronics, pharmaceuticals, clothing, high-end foodstuffs, auto parts, building supplies and almost any other cargo of value is a daily event. This type of crime leads to lost revenue, compromised brand integrity and in some cases harm to consumers. While government programmes such as C-TPAT focus on keeping dangerous items out of the supply chain, TAPA focuses mainly on the issue of theft. However, because the concerns are interrelated, TAPA and government agencies work together in confronting these challenges.

The influence TAPA exerts has had a measurably positive impact in promoting standardisation and industry change to reduce cargo crime:TAPA img2

* Major freight handlers are joining TAPA or employing TAPA-recognised security standards for facility certification as well as for freight care and handling.

* TAPA has become a worldwide benchmark for security handling guidelines and practices.
* Business insurers are asking prospective customers about their security practices and specifically whether they hold TAPA certification.
* Government agencies include TAPA-endorsed standards in their development of homeland security initiatives.

The South African TAPA chapter is determined to further the adoption of international standards in transportation security in South Africa as well as Africa. The association recently held its 2014 TAPA SA Conference, which was well attended and hosted a number of quality presentations, noted below:

1. Overview of TAPA presented by Steve Mc Hugh, vice-chair TAPA EMEA.

2. Gert Pretorius, MD of Mix Telematics: Beam-E product to counter jamming devices used by criminals attacking high-value goods vehicles.

3. Brigadier Sonja De Klerk, section head, SA Police Forensics: CCTV evidence and criminal case evidence preparation for criminal court proceedings.

4. Brigadier Piet Pieterse, section head, SA Police Service: Cybercrime case study, exposing an organised crime syndicate and successful presentation to criminal court.

5. Marcel Saarloos, EMEA distribution security head for HP: Case study on movement of high-value commodities through vast distances (China to Europe) by railroad. There are unique challenges faced with different security requirements from country to country. One such movement takes up to six weeks to complete and preventing theft is an immense task.
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TAPA FSR (Freight Security Requirements 2014) training attendees.
TAPA FSR (Freight Security Requirements 2014) training attendees.
At the same time, TAPA announced the TAPA SA committee members for 2014. These are:

1. Andre Du Venage – Secure Logistics (Chairman).
2. Massimo Carelle – Ingram Micro.
3. Steven Lashmar – TUV Rheinland.
4. Megan Storrier – HP.
5. Nico Harmse – BPL.
6. Patricia van Vreden – Secure Logistics (Secretary) 082 8247101.

For those interested in learning more about TAPA or attending training, please contact Andre Du Venage at the details below. Du Venage has confirmed that TAPA’s TSR (Transport Security Requirements) training will take place on 27 and 28 October 2014.

For more information, contact Andre Du Venage, Secure Logistics, +27 (0)83 463 2047, +27 (0)11 391 6268,