Metal Theft Prevention
One of the best methods to prevent theft of
scrap metals is to ensure those who are selling the scrap metal provide proper
identification. Many State Laws now require some form of ID in order to sell
scrap metal. Most thieves are hesitant to hand over their driver's license or
state ID in fear of being connected with stolen property. Scrap metal thefts
should also be reported to the police as soon as possible in order to nab
thieves as most will attempt to sell their loot the same day. Cooperation is
therefore needed between local law enforcement and metal recycling facilities to
aid in the prevention of the rising scrap metal theft.
In the past several years price of popular metals, such as copper, has been on a
steady increase. The price increment of this metal has its detrimental effects
on the society as a whole. Although this crime sounds trivial, the effects from
this can be pretty significant. Thieves are also hard to catch as they just grab
whatever metal they can get, put it in their vehicle and drive off to the
nearest scrap dealer to cash in on the stolen metal.
Usually people who commit scrap metal theft are those that commit additional
crimes and/or who need to find financial income to subsidize other illegal
activities. The easiest way to get cash is by stealing materials and selling it
off as scrap metal. The worst part is that these thieves target neighborhoods
whereby scrap metal is easy to steal. If you look around your house, you will
notice that there are actually many items made from copper, aluminum, brass and
other potential scrap metal such as air-conditioning coils, telephone wires,
radiators, gutters etc. Not only do thieves look for items to steal from in and
around your house but also public properties and they normally target manholes,
and water pipes.
Some homeowners have become proactive in protecting items in and around their
home by installing surveillance cameras, air conditioner cages and security
D & L Recycling requires all customers to
provide a driver's license or state ID as this is a
State Law to purchase your scrap metal.