New Scrap Metal Dealers Act is good news for West Midlands
Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has welcomed the new
law targeting trade in stolen metal which came into force on 1
Bob Jones said:
"After years of cross-party campaigning at local and
national levels, with the engagement of many other organisations
and business leaders, the law changed in December 2012. It
meant that anyone selling scrap metal would have to show photo ID
and would not be able to be paid cash for their wares.
"The new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 is aimed at preventing the
theft of metal and means that Act, all dealers, motor salvage
operators and itinerant collectors must obtain a licence from each
local authority where they operate.
"This is good news for the West Midlands, where we have suffered
more than other parts of the country, with high levels of metal
theft, including theft from the rail transport infrastructure such
as power cables and signalling equipment and the consequent
detrimental effect on our rail services.
"It is therefore welcome news that the National Metal Theft
Taskforce led by the British Transport Police within the United
Kingdom, has helped to reduce metal thefts nationally with
reductions of 47% across the West Midlands force area.
"In the past, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 did not place the
onus upon the dealers to ensure the traceability of the seller as
transactions were in cash and police powers to enter and inspect
premises were very limited. The new Scrap Metal Dealers Act
2013 will help to address these issues.
"Metal theft also involves theft of metal from the exterior of
residential/commercial properties or the desecration of war
memorials. It is an issue that adversely affects our local
communities and the economic well-being of the West Midlands and it
is reassuring to see that the new Act is a step in the right
direction toward improving this situation."