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Koelnmesse regards theft as a serious issue: 'The reported incidents are disheartening'

The thefts at imm cologne have caused quite a stir. As previously reported, the exhibition stand of Furniture Factory Theuns was completely plundered, while two sofas were stolen from the Danish neighbour. Masterlight's stand also received unwanted visitors; almost all floor lamps, side tables, chairs, bar stools, and cushions were removed on the night from Thursday to Friday. Furthermore, an Apple keyboard was stolen from Versmissen, a costly 3D projector from Het Anker, and a large flatscreen from Bree's New World. It is expected that even more exhibitors have fallen victim to the thieves at imm.

We have asked the management of Koelnmesse GmbH several questions. In a statement, the organisation says the following:
'Koelnmesse considers theft in the exhibition halls to be a serious issue and is actively addressing it. Discussions are being held internally with our security department in order to take appropriate measures. We intend to investigate the incident and, in particular, to check whether there has been an unusual accumulation of thefts. We will respond accordingly and take the necessary steps. In addition, we plan to contact the companies concerned in order to jointly develop appropriate measures and ensure security in the exhibition halls. Koelnmesse attaches great importance to creating a safe and secure environment for exhibitors, visitors and employees.'

A Dutch spokesperson states that the trade fair will be evaluated tomorrow, Wednesday (24 January). It was worrying that Furniture Factory Theuns had not heard anything (almost four days after the theft), despite repeatedly sent emails to the hall responsible and numerous phone calls made to the contact person of Hall 10.1.

However, thanks to the mediation of our editorial staff, there was finally contact between the management of Koelnmesse GmbH and Furniture Factory Theuns last night (22 January). No statements have been made about the outcome yet. It is certain that the matter is being dealt with.

'The events are particularly distressing for the affected participants and probably have significant financial implications for them. We take the incident very seriously. It is being discussed extensively with internal stakeholders and thoroughly investigated,' says a Dutch spokesperson.

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