Metal Theft Prevention
To the average person, most metallic items have a use or a purpose, but to thieves, these items have a value as recyclable metal. To help prevent ongoing metal theft and stop metal theft before it starts, metallic items should be kept out of sight, locked up, and secured when not in use. The following is a list of common items that may have a value as recyclable metal and should be securely stored out of sight:
Tips on how to help prevent and combat metal theft:
- Keep metallic items out of sight, locked up, and securely stored when not in use.
- Invest in fencing, locks, chains, alarm systems, no trespassing signs, storage units, cameras, and possibly security guards. These measures may cost a little but save a lot.
- Clearly mark private property with the proper signage, boundaries, security measures, and enforcement rights.
- Be cautious of people that you allow to access your property.
- Report suspicious persons and/or vehicles to law enforcement.
- Notify trustworthy neighbors or caretakers if you plan on taking extended trips out of town.
- Do not keep motor vehicles parked or stored in the same spot for too long.
- Utilize car alarms and other motor vehicle theft deterrents such as "The Club".
- Do not store the title of a motor vehicle in the vehicle.
- Put identifiable marks or labels on metallic materials. This can aid in preventing theft and identifying stolen property for prosecution.
- Add theft coverage to all insurance policies including auto insurance policies.
- Upon noticing metal theft, immediately file a police report and report the theft to www.scraptheftalert.com.