– Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld
We have had in the past a major problem with metal theft and I am delighted that we have now nearly halved metal thefts in the Thames Valley. It is a major priority and we are making significant progress. The value of what is stolen is often small compared to the disruption and damage it causes. I would like to thank all officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work in this area. In the future we will continue to work together with partner agencies to ensure that the opportunities for stolen metal to be sold are reduced and that those who commit metal theft are targeted.
– Chief Constable Sara Thornton
The vast majority of scrap metal dealers work as responsible traders and within the framework of the law. However, some unscrupulous elements of the business take very few steps to check the origin and provenance of the metal that enters their yard. Theft of metal impacts on many levels; it isolates communities; disrupts vitals services; threatens critical infrastructure; and represents a significant cost to the public purse – estimated to be between £500 and £700 million pounds per year.
The number of metal thefts in the Thames Valley has fallen by 48% over the last financial year.
Figures for 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013, show there were 2,052 thefts of metal across the Thames Valley, compared to 3,924 for the same period the previous year (1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012); which is 1,872 fewer thefts.