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Metal Theft

PostPost by: bcmc33 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:31 pm

Metal theft has become a big issue in the UK in recent times and the government seems to be doing nothing about it. A petition has been raised that needs 100,000 signatures to force a debate in parliament and only 50,000 has been logged to date.

A company that supplies my model making materials was broken into last week by completely demolishing the side of a building, the result was the emptying of the warehouse of thousands of pounds of non-ferrous metals..

Please help by signing the petition - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/406
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:39 pm

OK.

And this related one...

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/21165

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:53 pm

I blame Margaret Thatcher.
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PostPost by: garyeanderson » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:55 pm

A little help from Smith and Wesson around the knees would do more than any petition ever could. When copper gets to $4.00 a pound it just looks real easy to clean up. I need to get to ABC scrap metal this year when it hits $5.00 and cash out. Aluminum is a lot more work at a $1.00 a pound but I still collect it. I even collect the ferris stuff but I usually give that to other folks as $200 a ton it takes up a lot of space. Some of my Cortina ore will make it into your next washing machine. All of those Lucas starters I have are going too... :D

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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:32 am

bcmc33 wrote:Metal theft has become a big issue in the UK in recent times and the government seems to be doing nothing about it.


There's something afoot!

http://publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/CA26-PPE.php

Potential threat to the Olympics might focus minds a bit...even if emergency vehicles being stripped of catalytic convertors hasn't managed it. :roll:

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PostPost by: jono » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:24 am

I was reading an article on this a few weeks ago. The railway cables are being nicked and the copper ends up in China.

Yep, you guessed it - the chinese make the new railway cables and we buy it back off them to replace the nicked stuff.

Is capitalism great :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:29 pm

The big problem we always come across is road signs; I do not know who decided they should be made from alli. I order all new ones in plastic. We also lose a lot of gulley grates; if someone reports one gone in the road you can bet you have lost at least all of them in the road and prob in the next few roads.

I remember working in one place and over a Bank Holiday weekend we lost the whole copper roof. I lots of work but must have been worth a few quite.

Until they ban cash payments at scrap yards we will keep losing metal.
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:57 pm

Jason1 wrote:
Until they ban cash payments at scrap yards we will keep losing metal.


That's a fact Jason. The only way to stop it is to make it really difficult to sell.

One of the problems is that traditionally many scrap yards have always been a bit fluid when it comes to the law.

We all end up paying and that's the really annoying aspect to it.
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:21 pm

nebogipfel wrote: <snip> We all end up paying and that's the really annoying aspect to it.


And for those affected where gas pipes have been removed...they could end up paying with a lot more than cash! :x

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:39 pm

ardee_selby wrote:
nebogipfel wrote: <snip> We all end up paying and that's the really annoying aspect to it.


And for those affected where gas pipes have been removed...they could end up paying with a lot more than cash! :x

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Very true Richard, missing manhole and drain covers are bad enough..
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PostPost by: cal44 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:45 pm

Here in San Diego I worked for the local utility. Since it wasn't owned by the government, I had to work.

We too have the problem of metal theft, the biggie is copper. One genius found a way too enter an underground vault and attempt to cut the copper....................didn't go well.

Dude ended up looking like Shake and Bake................with melted gold teeth..............doh!
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