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, electric cables 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 systems.
D&L Recycling is a registered scrap metal recycler with the Ohio Department of Public Safety-Division of Homeland Security and works with all local law enforcement to prevent theft.
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