Reports of metal theft have fallen by more than 75 per cent in four years following the introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act (SMDA) that banned selling scrap metal for cash.
Encouraged by the success achieved in preventing the theft of lead from Church Roofs, Trace-in-Metal was asked to think outside the box to come up with a workable method of protecting livestock, with the north east region being second only to Northern Ireland in the livestock theft league table.
This year, there is a shift in the outlook on metal thefts from those impacted– this ranges from historic churches that are targeted, energy and infrastructure companies, the police and the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), among others. Reasons behind this are varied and complex, but is the result of a set of conditions which makes metal thefts an attractive and viable option.
The introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act in October 2013 was seen as the answer to this pernicious crime, and with lead prices now rising, fuelled mainly by the demands for the production of batteries worldwide, it is clearly not working as it should.
Trace-in-Metal are in the forefront of protecting heritage assets in York as Manageing Director John Minary has helped to launch the York Heritage watch scheme.
A North Yorkshire business’ revolutionary security system which protects lead roofs from metal thieves, has achieved the prized Police crime prevention accreditation Secured by Design.The process used by York-based Trace-in-Metal involves infusing thousands of microdots into metal sheets ‘marking’ them with a unique identifying code.
Metal theft is not a new problem. It has existed for a very long time, maybe into pre-history. Certainly lead has been an attractive target for thieves for a good number of years and so called ‘urban miners’ often attacked the flashings on church roofs to generate some much needed income. This was seen by some as a way of the poor receiving some much needed funds out of perhaps necessity.
POLICE are warning people in Lincolnshire to be extra vigilant following reports of the theft of scrap metal from a local farm. Lincolnshire Police are calling for farm owners to be on the look out for a white van that is believed to be linked to the theft.
On 20th October 2016 the Knowledge Transfer Network in conjunction with Innovate UK held the Forensic Science Technology Showcase 2016 at the Grange Holborn Hotel.
Accepting the generous offer, the station operations manager Frank Taylor said, “We are not only fighting to save lives, we are having to fight off local thieves motivated by a few quid from the lead they have ripped off our roof.”
Man arrested near Motherwell for stealing Railway Cable
That we have moved into new offices within the award winning York Eco Business Centre, and we are delighted with our new, environmentally friendly home.
Trace-in-Metal Secures Government Innovation Grant To Help Take Pioneering Security System To Next Stage
The importance of key forensic evidence is once again highlighted by the arrest and charging of 23-year-old Marian Christain Nitu, who appeared at Norwich Crown Court in February.
Since its start in 2007 the Customs Operations Detector Dog Unit has grown from two handlers and three dogs to 63 officers and 51 dogs now operating in five ports of entry in South Africa. The team has close ties with the NFTCC (Non-ferrous Theft Combatting Committee), a forum involving the SAPS, Business against Crime, Eskom, Spoornet, Telkom, Metrorail and other industry role-players.
St Mary’s Church in Stratford had most of the lead taken from the roof over the nave and over 34 bays - estimated replacement cost £25,000 to £35,000. Lead to a scrap value of £3,000 was stolen from the medieval Church of St Mary’s Combs, repairs can take up to five years and will cost in the region of £150,000.
At the height of the offending, the theft of live trackside cabling from the rail network was causing significant transport delays and having impacts far beyond the rail network. Emotive items such as plaques from war memorials and public art were being pilfered. The Government pledged £5m to the Metal Theft Task Force, a proactive unit lead by the British Transport Police which co-ordinated multi-agency activity across the country. Best practice in the shape of Operation Tornado was rolled out and scrutiny fell onto the recycling industry where some had shown scant regard for the origins of the metal they were buying.
Evidence from the metal dealers and forensic analysis of the tools lead to their conviction. “Cable doesn’t really have any real value to thieves or anyone outside the railway industry, as scrap metal dealers are highly unlikely to accept any cable or pay minimal costs in return. Yet the cost to the industry to replace the stolen and damaged cable is extremely high.” Said Detective Inspector Mick Dawes, of the British Transport Police
The survey of over 17,000 people in England and Wales would suggest that the true cost of crime in rural areas could exceed £800m. A staggering sum that by far exceeds any previous estimate. The survey also suggests that young families and the farming community are most likely to be victims of crime.
The Inaugural meeting of the Essex Heritage Crime Strategy Group took place on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at the Corporation of London Epping Forest Rangers base at Loughton. The group consists of Essex Police, Essex County Council Place Services, Historic England and other heritage professionals representing the different facets of our heritage for instance: visitor attractions and museums, archaeology, church buildings, listed building owners, the insurance sector and history groups.
“Since official data of actual metal thefts is hard to come by, we decided one way to gauge the impact of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act would be to record every national and regional press report on metal theft involving materials such as cable, lead or copper,” explained VPS managing director Anthony Owen. “In terms of numbers, these reports run into tens of thousands, but this is likely to be an underestimate of the actual volume of such thefts, because many, if not most, will go unreported in the media. But it could at least provide some important trends – and it has.”
The Trace-in-Metal team met up for an important planning day at The Catalyst, part of the exciting York University Innovation Centre, and the meeting provided the opportunity to share achievements and ideas in an ambience rich in invention.
Metal theft continues to spark headlines across the UK, and as we approach the 2nd anniversary of the introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, (SMD Act 2013) the Trace-in-Metal team took a look at some of the stories making the headlines.
This revolutionary invention, which was developed with the help of Swedish ballistics experts, allows metal to be tracked from roof top to melting pot.
Despite the risks associated with stealing cables and metal from the rail network, criminals are keen to line their pockets and it is a big problem, one which Network Rail, the British Transport Police and associated organisations and trades are working hard to combat.
The act was meant to cut metal theft which peaked in 2011/2012 when copper prices were high and UK businesses alone were experiencing over 1,000 such thefts a week, with an annual haul of 60,000 metal thefts reported.
The world is faced with a seemingly intractable crisis of an uncontrolled armaments trade, together with vast numbers of unexploded ordinance scattered across the globe. As well as the massive number of casualties – many of them children – there is a tendency for an increase in the availability of weaponry to devalue human life. That situation has prompted a UK firm that specialises in the application of technology to prevent metal theft from churches and heritage buildings to join in a Swedish-based campaign to apply experience on weaponry to combatting that growth.
Criminals “Bite Off More Than They Can Chew” In Lincolnshire Church Lead Theft
Trace-in-Metal Ltd recently visited the Lead Sheet Association
Trace-in-Metal is actively protecting lead roofs and other heritage assets and we just wanted to let you to know that once lead is marked with Trace-in-Metal, it stays marked forever!
The Scottish Business Centre is soon to be holding their second annual Metal Theft Summit.
John Minary and Paul Batty recently attended the Pol- Primmett Expert User Group Meeting and Annual Conference in Lisbon
The Sir John Moore Foundation situated in a grade I listed building, dating from the last quarter of the 17th century, had irreplaceable lead down pipes and brackets stolen in July 2014. Trace-in-Metal was called in and the new lead was permanently marked by infusing 1000’s of heat resistant microdots into the metal. Installing Trace-in-Metal's resilient marking system that protects the lead throughout the metal recycling ‘food-chain’ meant that this recyclable and ecological material, so important in maintaining the significance and visual integrity of historic buildings, could be used to replace the stolen down pipes.
The unique and step-changing Trace-in-Metal technology, used to indelibly mark lead at Ripley castle, is a Yorkshire based invention that utilises Swedish innovation and ballistics expertise.
Trace-in-Metal is pleased to announce that Paul Batty has been appointed Sales Director.
Police enforcement officers at Hull have worked closely with local governing bodies and scrap metal dealers to tighten their grip on the crime.