Metal theft toolkit

This toolkit contains information on current powers, proposals for future regulation, examples of work across the country and templates for adaptation by your local authority.

There is growing pressure in Parliament for more action to be taken to deter metal theft, including tougher sentences for those caught stealing metal, stricter regulation of scrap metal dealers and, in the longer term, the use of different materials to reduce the incidents of thefts. There have been cross-government discussions on what legislative and policy changes are needed, and what further initiatives can be taken at a local level to tackle metal theft.

This updated version was published in July 2013, to help members understand their new powers and responsibilities under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

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