Alan Campbell, Home Office Minister for Crime Reduction, today announced plans for a pilot specialist police unit to tackle the growing problem of metal theft. The Home Office says that metal theft has cost the United Kingdom approximately £360 million over the last two years.
Items of metal which have been stolen include lead from roofs, copper cabling from railways, road signs, manhole covers and even sculptures.
The Home Office Minister said "Metal theft is a serious problem with consequences for business and infrastructure, from damaged electricity and telephone cables to leaking church roofs. Metal theft has even caused power cuts and closed reail lines".
The new unit will be called "The National Metal Theft Crime Unit" and will be run jointly by ACPO and British Transport Police.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Crowther of BTP and ACPO lead on metal theft added "We hope this approach will enable us to make a real impact and further our efforts to arrest those involved and put htem before the courts".
Selectamark Security Systems plc, the UK's leading DNA forensic property marking company, is in discussions with Police and Industry players to provide high tech marking solutions which use the latest DNA technology to both identify property and deter theft. James Brown, Sales Director of Selectamark, said "We have a broad range of DNA security products which are being used throughout the country by businesses and Police to combat crime - I welcome the announcement of The National Metal Theft Crime Unit with the hope that best practice can be spread swiftly and effectively to combat this crime epidemic".
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For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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