Metal theft report highlights success of legislation

Wednesday 28 January 2015

The first International Crime and Policing Conference taking place today (Wednesday) has heard from the Home Office and Energy Networks Association (ENA) how legislative and policing interventions have helped reduce metal theft in England and Wales.

Home Secretary Teresa May highlighted the success of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 and the interventions to address the crime. She explained that before the Act there was, "a ‘no questions asked’ culture among unscrupulous scrap metal dealers, and a set of criminal sanctions which were rarely used and offered little more than a slap on the wrist."

The Home Secretary went on to say:

"With that understanding, we put in place a range of targeted measures from legislation banning cash payments for scrap metal to increased penalties. As Home Office research published today shows, the result has been a dramatic drop in metal theft, which has fallen by around a third between 12/13 and 13/14."

Speaking at the conference, ENA Director of Policy Tony Glover said:

"We are pleased to hear the Home Secretary highlighting the successes with reducing metal theft today. We worked closely with her and the Home Office and the resulting legislation has made a real difference to secure UK infrastructure.

"At a meeting with MPs and Peers in Parliament yesterday representatives of the affected sectors explained the need for continued adequate enforcement to be at the heart of ongoing efforts to tackle this crime. Any focus away from this could lead to a resurgence of metal theft impacting on livelihoods, vital supplies and risking lives."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Further information and a copy of the report can be found on the Home Office website.

For further information please contact:

Tim Field MCIPR
Head of Press and Public Affairs
Energy Networks Association

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