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Metal recycling code of practice launched to prevent theft

A voluntary code of practice for metal merchants aimed at clamping down on metal thieves has been launched by the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) in partnership with the Association of Police Chief Officers (ACPO).

The code offers clear guidelines on how to improve security at metal recycling sites and what to do if employees are suspicious of any criminal activity.

BMRA director general Ian Hetherington thanked metal recyclers for their help in putting the guidelines together. He said: “Metal thefts affect a range of people, including metal recyclers, homeowners and businesses, and consistent and robust policing, along with attention to security procedures, are vital.

“This code of practice is a strong reflection of the BMRA and ACPO’s commitment to tackling the problem and how the industry is supporting businesses to reduce the amount incidents. I am confident it will deter thieves.”

Guidelines encourage scrap yards to install CCTV at site entrances, request identification from people disposing of scrap, record this information and report suspicious people and transactions to the local police.

ACPO lead on conductive metal theft and deputy chief constable of British Transport Police Paul Crowther said: “The code will also ensure police forces across England and Wales improve their industry understanding and work with the industry in a consistent manner.”

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