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Large scale metal theft on the rise

Metal theft and fraud is getting worse – despite some suggestions that the problem was improving, according to the chairman of the BIR International Trade Council.

Speaking at the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) conference, Robert Voss, who is also managing director of Rickmansworth-based Voss International, revealed his company had suffered six thefts from containers within the last three months.

He said that theft incidences were worse rather than better and that three or four other companies trading in non-ferrous metals agreed with him.

Voss told MRW: “Macro-scale thefts, not lead from churches, but whole containers or parts of containers are on the rise.”

While insurers have been largely sympathetic to metals recyclers over the theft issue, it was “only a matter of time” before they impose restrictions and higher costs on their clients in this sector, he warned.

  • Read more on the BIR conference in the 9 November 2012 issue of the magazine

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