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Metal Theft Toolkit

October 22, 2012

The Local Government Association (LGA) has produced an updated and expanded toolkit to help councils to prevent incidences of metal theft in their areas. This provides a suite of practical tools and steps that councils can take in partnership with their local police, scrap metal dealers and other organisations such as the Environment Agency.

The issue of metal theft continues to be a significant concern. In 2011, 15,000 tonnes of metal were stolen, of which 7,500 tonnes came from railways, statues and church roofs. The value of the thefts to the railways alone amounted to £13 million, with many more millions lost as a result of delays to passengers. Overall, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) estimates that metal theft costs the UK economy £770 million every year, while others put the cost at £1 billion or higher.

On RIAMS, the toolkit is located as guidance in the licensing module scrap metal dealer sub-category.