Netherlands’ Cargo theft phone line discontinued; reports should be made online

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Dutch police will stop operating the special cargo theft telephone line from June 1st because there weren’t enough calls to justify the cost. Since the beginning of the month, carriers and drivers have had to report such thefts either online or in person.

On the 1st of June, the police shut down the telephone line for reporting cargo thefts in the Netherlands, reports TLN. Instead, companies can file a report digitally. Drivers can also go to the police station to make an official report, but they need to make an appointment in advance.

In 2017, the Dutch police set up a central telephone reporting desk to facilitate cargo theft reporting. The hope was that entrepreneurs would be more willing to report cargo thefts. However, the number of cargo thefts reported this way has fluctuated gradually so the police stopped operating the line.

From June 1, 2021, in the case of cargo theft, drivers, operators and hauliers should do one of the following:

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