Cracking down on metal theft
Officers in Laindon set up stop checks on vans and cars as part
of a crackdown on metal theft in the area.
On Wednesday, March 23,
2011, following a recent growing trend in theft of metal,
officers checked more than 10 vehicles that had recently used local
Officers took the
details of the drivers and vehicles to ensure that they were not
selling on stolen metal and visited local scrap yards to stop
thieves making a profit from stolen loot.
Workers at the scrap yards were spoken to to make sure they were
taking the correct details from people selling them metal.
Sgt Paul Costin of the Laindon neighbourhood policing team,
said: “Metal theft is a growing national crime problem, and we have
suffered recently across Basildon at the hands of these thieves. By
ensuring that scrap yards have their books in order and they work
with police, we can make sure that thieves do not have anywhere to
sell on their goods.
“Metal theft is not a victimless crime; it not only causes
building owners and councils the hassle and expense of replacing
stolen items, but can cause significant building damage too, and we
have all seen the consequences of that recently as a local school
had to close its doors because of the damage.
“The operation has been successful, as we have caused disruption
to people travelling to scrap yards, giving out the strong message
that metal theft will not be tolerated and we will catch you if you
commit crime in this area.”
Police are urging people to be vigilant around buildings such as
schools and churches and to contact police immediately if they see
someone on a roof or a crime in progress.