Friday, October 4, 2013

News: Metal theft event as new legislation comes into force

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A business crime event is being held in Rotherham later this month to highlight the new licensing regime for scrap metal dealers that came into force across England and Wales at the start of October.

Delivering much needed reform of the scrap metal sector, The 2013 Act aims to provide effective and proportionate regulation, creating a more robust, local authority run, licensing regime that will support legitimate dealers yet provide the powers to effectively tackle unscrupulous operators.

The free, one day event on October 18 will provide dealers, manufacturers, stockholders and metals businesses with the latest metal theft crime data, an overview of current police initiatives and details of the new legislation.

The key note speaker Jo Byrne, Assistant Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police will discuss the impact of metal theft. The South Yorkshire Police will explain how they tackle metal theft in the county and future plans to crackdown on the problem.

The event will also provide the change to register for the free Scrapwatch initiative. Originally developed by Rotherham-based scrap metal dealer, SME Ltd, in 2012, the easy to use, virtual platform aims to encourage the local scrap metal industry to take a proactive stance against metal theft by reporting and mapping incidents.

South Yorkshire is one of the worst affected areas in the UK costing the county approximately £2.5m in damages and theft in 2012. In South Yorkshire alone there have been 324 arrests and a 31% reduction in metal theft in the county over a recent nine month period. Despite this, metal theft remains a real and persistent threat with 2,616 incidents being reported between April and November 2012. Metal theft accounts for 4% of all crime committed in South Yorkshire.

New York Stadium is hosting the event run by The Business Crime Reduction Centre (BCRC), the European-funded initiative which provides free and impartial security advice to SMEs in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

David Ransom, director of the BCRC, said: "Metal theft is an extremely serious crime. Not only does it cause significant financial losses to local businesses but it can also lead to serious injury and death. The recent crackdowns have seen crime figures reduce but there is still more to do."

BCRC website

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