Security chaos theory: order is required to successfully fight crime

Extracted 05MAY2011 from

It would seem that even experts are confused as to what the regulators are doing to implement some form of joined up policy in respect of freight security. Nevertheless, all the panel of experts speaking at Shippers’ Voice Seminars, Multimodal 2011, on the subject of security in the supply chain were agreed that shippers should be more aware of crime threats and their vulnerabilities. It was also suggested how a collective industry voice was needed to keep pointing out to the regulators the difficulties of dealing with so many security programmes and even the same programmes but which differ slightly but significantly in each member state; the result of this situation, is confusion, cost and chaos.

It is not surprising, that when faced with such confusion and uncertainty so few shippers consider joining security programmes. What is perhaps more surprising is how few shippers take crime in general to be a risk worth bothering to manage. Yet one speaker, Juha Hintsa fromthe Cross Border Research Association, gave a simplified management model that would help shippers and others in the freight industry better establish a risk management programme that protected them against, deterred or mitigated the impacts of crime and the criminals that are increasingly targeting supply chains.

Sharing intelligence and understanding how criminals operate and how best to protect supply chains were seen as central pillars of any risk management or supply chain security management strategy. A network of companies in Scotland does just this: the Distribution Industry Partnership Scotland (DIPS) assisted by the Scottish Business Crime Centre distributes crime updates and best practices among its members helping them avoid becoming victims of crime. The panel discussed how in many instances crime could be prevented with simple basic understanding, but still, many companies prefered to run the risk.

Rules, especially in respect of governmental (anti-terrorist) security programmes are being reviewed, in air freight and shortly within surface freight transport too (according to a recent European Commission policy white paper) and some changes may result. It is a confusing picture; but the benefits of security are obvious, and the costs of not having security may be increasing.

Speakers included:

Ivor Llewellyn, Director, ILSolutions, air cargo security trainer

Dr Juha Hintsa, Senior Researcher, supply chain security and customs risk management University of Lausanne and Cross-Border Research Association

Marcus Hallside, CEO, Innovative Compliance

George Mitchell, Distribution Industry Partnership Scotland (DIPS) Co-ordinator, Scottish Business Crime Centre