UK Coalition Government: Take Urgent Action on Metal Theft
It is imperative that the present Government takes urgent action to tackle the growing practicve of metal theft. The increasingly common form of criminal behaviour is one which is not only damaging the local economy but can also be extremely dangerous.
The Government is moving to stop cash payments to purchase scrap metal and increase fines for those that are found guilty. However, without giving the police the power of entry and the ability to shut down rogue scrap metal yards, the Government potentially runs the risk of making the situation worse and not better.
Metal theft is becoming an epidemic, and urgent action is needed from the Home Office to stop this getting out of control. The government should change the law to make it easier stop this organised crime and dangerous trade.
It is crucial that the Government now offer their support to Labour’s four point plan to tackle Metal theft – which is also supported by British Transport Police, Association of Chief Police Officers & by the Neighbourhood Watch. The proposals include:
1) Licensing scrap metal dealers, rather than current registration with Local Authority.
2) Move to ban cash transactions especially for large scale/high value scrap metal transactions.
3) Tougher police powers to close rogue traders down.
4) Anyone selling scrap to provide proof of identity, recorded at point of sale.
If you agree that this reckless and shameful crime must be stopped, please show your support by signing this petition.
Jon Cruddas MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham