Sunday, November 20, 2011

Scrap metal thefts continue to increase

AN INCREASE in scrap metal theft has prompted local police to put out a warning for people to be vigilant.
Horncastle PCSO Nigel Wass said there has been a spate of thefts of scrap metal items in the area, including batteries and associated equipment from farms, allotments and garden.
He said: “It is thought people looking for scrap often driving flatbed vehicles like Ford Transits etc are stealing the items.
“If you notice people in your area collecting scrap or acting suspiciously could you please take details of the type of vehicle, colour, how many people are inside and importantly the vehicle registration.
“Also if you have items that are not secure in your garden it is good advice to secure these or remove them from view.”
The News also heard from Jason Moore of Copper Street, Bucknall, who became aware of the theft risk after some scrap was stolen from outside his house.
He said: “There is not a lot of awareness about scrap theft. It wasn’t really worth that much, but that’s not the point.
“It is one of those industries that can make immediate profit.”
Another prevalent problem in the area is lead theft from church roofs.
This issue has got so serious that Lincolnshire Police even launched a major operation last month, where checkpoints were set up at various locations around Horncastle.
Vehicles suspected of carrying illegal scrap metal were checked and two arrests were made.
If you have any information regarding scrap metal thefts, contact PCSO Wass on 07939312724.
Alternatively call Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300

(Reproduced from Horncastle News)

Gardien Comment: Nothing made of metal and kept outside is now safe from potential theft.  Everyone should review their outside possessions and seek advice if necessary on how to protect them

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