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Day of action to target metal theft across North Hampshire

posted 13 Feb 2012, 00:22 by Blackwater & Hawley NHW   [ updated 8 Mar 2012, 15:20 ]
Officers across North Hampshire are mounting a crackdown on metal theft as part of a national initiative to target this type of crime.
Metal theft and associated criminal activity can have a devastating effect on the victims. This is not just scrap metal being stolen from skips, it can include drain covers, roofing materials, internet broadband cables and railway lines to name just some examples.
As part of this drive to reduce this type of crime, officers will be out at various locations stop-checking people visiting scrap yards and patrolling areas vulnerable to this sort of crime.
The main aims of the day are to disrupt criminal activity and provide reassurance to the public.
Officers will be visiting premises across North Hampshire which are thought to be vulnerable to this sort of crime – such as churches and schools - and providing crime prevention information as appropriate.
They will also be working with the Environment Agency and conducting visits to scrap metal dealers to ensure they are complying with the correct protocols and procedures for taking receipt of and disposing of scrap metal.
Officers from the Roads Policing Unit will also be involved and will be working with teams to carry out stop-checks on members of the public and vehicle searches as part of the high-visibility patrols across the area.
Officers will also be giving out appropriate crime prevention advice to members of the public about protecting themselves against this type of crime and marking their property in case it is stolen.
Superintendent Dave Powell said: “Metal theft is becoming a crime of first choice. It affects many people who live in North Hampshire and we will do all we can to try and stop it. The key to tackling this and any other type of crime, is knowing who is doing it, so please tell us.
“We are also aware that criminals from neighbouring counties travel into Hampshire to commit this type of crime and to dispose of stolen property, and we are working hard with other forces and agencies to stop them. Please help us to help you.”
If you have any information about this type of crime or want to talk to your Safer Neighbourhoods Team, please call us on 101.