Crackdown on truck, train thefts in France

16th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 16 (AFP) - French officials said Thursday they were mounting a campaign designed to crackdown on a worrying rise in the number of thefts - some carried out under the threat of violence - from trucks, trains and warehouses.

PARIS, Dec 16 (AFP) - French officials said Thursday they were mounting a campaign designed to crackdown on a worrying rise in the number of thefts - some carried out under the threat of violence - from trucks, trains and warehouses.

The interior ministry and the TLF union covering transport and logistics companies in France signed a charter setting out a four-point plan to fight the trend, which has seen robberies almost double over the past six years.

According to the TLF, the number of such crimes went from 1,832 in 1997 to 3,222 in 2003. Most are burglaries of trucks, trains and warehouses, though in eight percent of cases, violence or the threat of firearms are used.

Stocks stolen include champagne, mobile telephones, nappies, printer ink cartridges, razor blades, blank passports, high-end luxury handbags, travellers' cheques, cigarettes, perfumes and computers.

The charter establishes a TLF unit that will collect data on such theft, the designation of an employee in each transport enterprise who will liaise with police, a campaign to have criminals severely punished, and a good practices guide that will, for instance, recommend that goods boxes not indicate their contents.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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