Sixty per cent reduction in metal thefts following cash ban

Some interesting figures just in from Tim Field of the Energy Networks Association on the impact of metal theft after a ban on cash transactions in the scrap metal trade.

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Many parts of the Island have been subject to metal theft, including Ventnor where lead was stolen from the bandstand as well as the roof of the Winter Gardens. Ed


Latest figures from Energy Networks Association (ENA), the voice of the transmission and distribution energy networks in the UK and Ireland, have shown 30% drop immediately following the ban on cash transactions for scrap metal trade and almost 60% as a result of the continued efforts of the police’s Metal Theft Taskforce.

The ban on scrap metal dealers giving cash payments for scrap metal, a process so without sufficient checks as to aid the disposal of stolen metal, came into effect on 3 December 2012.

Metal Theft Taskforce
The Metal Theft Taskforce, as part of British Transport Police, has been operating since December 2011 and has lead a concerted effort and resource commitment from police forces, local authorities and other enforcement bodies to bring about a marked reduction in the crime and making numerous arrests and convictions.

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill needs to underpin cash ban
ENA Chief Executive David Smith said, “There can be no doubt that the ban on cash transactions has delivered the result we said it would. We have lead a campaign for a change in the law for over two years and the cash ban was a key part of this. We urgently need the new laws of the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill to underpin this cash ban and implement the licensing scheme and other measures that will deal a lasting blow to thieves.

“Enforcement is crucial to successfully stamping out this plague on society. Since BTP’s Metal Theft Taskforce was brought in a little over a year ago there has been a marked decrease in incidents and have dramatically dropped when the Chancellor provided further funding to boost their work. It is disappointing that the continuation of this funding is in doubt at a critical time for continued action to tackle this dangerous and destructive crime.”

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  1. Richard Smith's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    2.Feb.2013 2:25pm

    This is undoubtedly a fine result if the cash ban achieves a reduction in opportunistic theft. There is, as usual, some fallout with the ‘Law of Unintended Consequences’. This will encourage ‘the authorities’ to pursue the cashless society with vigour and justification,using this example as one that should be followed. The erosion of personal freedoms continues apace. When you are no longer able to simply pay for a service with no trail, it follows that your every move can be tracked, if you and your attitude is of interest to ‘them’. It is no defence simply to claim’ we all carry cerdit cards what’s the problem?’. Yes we do, but we can still leave home without them. Cashless systems means ID, are we all ready for that? Not me, the implications are horrendous.

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