Monday, 6 July 2009

The First Blog - It's all Scrap!

Local Security News

A company boss bought £1,500 of steel fencing to protect his business against metal thieves – only to have the panels stolen before he had a chance to put them up.

Colin Smithyman, who runs Oakham Environmental Waste and Recycling Centre in Dudley, was devastated to learn about the theft.

“I’m gutted. Companies are going through a hard time at the moment – this is the last thing we need,” he said.

The 45-year-old is offering a £500 reward in a bid to catch the intruders who wrecked his £2,500 gates breaking into the yard.

The theft at Oak Lane, Kingswinford, was discovered by site manager Randel Hawkins yesterday morning. It is believed the thieves used a large flatbad lorry to transport the 10ft by 7ft green palisade panels away from the waste transfer station.

Mr Smithyman, who employs 14 people and has been in business for 25 years, said work had recently begun to pick up and he had just invested £260,000 in new machinery.

“It’s very frustrating,” he said.

“We’re trying our best to keep our heads above water in this recession and when something like this happens to knocks you back.

“The panels will most likely be sold for scrap value.”... read the full story

World Security News

Aluminum billboards disappearing in Vancouver, stainless steel tanker trucks reported stolen in Quebec, a copper wire theft in New Brunswick resulting in a death, beer kegs in Nova Scotia and a two-tonne bronze statue snagged from an Ontario park.

Across the country no metal item seems too big or too small as police report an increasing number of incidents they are associating with the growing black market for scrap metal.

The phenomenon is nationwide, but British Columbia has seen the most frequent incidents, says Len Shaw, executive director of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries, while Ontario takes the cake in terms of the volume of metal stolen.

In January, thieves made off with aluminum bleachers at a baseball diamond in Ucluelet, B.C. The province has been dealing for months with the theft of scrap metal from Vancouver billboards and memorial plaques removed from park benches in Nanaimo, among other targets.

"B.C. has very specific social problems, drugs, etc," Shaw explained. "They're looking for cash, they go steal a billboard made of aluminum for quick money."

The metals that are getting the most attention from thieves are bronze, stainless steel, copper and aluminum.

Metal theft spares no industry or borders. According to the California Farm Bureau, metal theft in rural areas there doubled in 2005 and shot up another 400 per cent in 2006, so the state is now considering legislation to make it harder for thieves to make a quick buck off stolen scrap.

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