|Title:||Detection and Prevention: Working in Partnership to Tackle Metal Theft and Other Environmental Crime|
|Date:||Wednesday 25th April 2012|
|Time:||10.15am – 4:30pm|
|Venue:||Broadway House, Westminster|
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|Tony Glover, Head of Public Affairs, Energy Network Association|
|Graham Jones MP, Sponsor Private Members' Bill to Tackle Metal Theft|
|Lord Henley, Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction, Home Office|
|David Ransom, Project Director, Pol-PRIMETT|
According to the Energy Networks Association, there were an estimated 100 reports of metal theft each month in 2009. Today, just two years later, there are now approximately 700 thefts per month and astonishingly 900 in March 2011 alone. It is estimated that metal theft cost the UK a staggering £777m in 2010. The ongoing turbulent economic climate and relentless rise in precious metal commodity prices (especially copper) has clearly contributed to the temptation to accumulate quick and easy cash by taking part in metal theft related crimes. Disturbingly, it is believed that organised crime networks are behind a significant proportion of these metal theft incidences.
Whilst the harm and cost of dealing with general environmental crime such as fly-tipping has been long acknowledged, the impact of metal theft incidents can be far more serious. Metal theft leaves a trail of victims ranging from utilities/communications providers and the rail network to local communities, including the harsh reality that perpetrators are frequently suffering serious physical injuries and in some extreme cases, fatalities.
Seeking to address the rise in metal theft, the Government has been coordinating its efforts with criminal justice forces, local authorities and other key agencies, recently creating the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Metal Theft Working Group. Although certain preventative steps have been taken, the Government recognises there is still much to be done if we are to effectively reverse the current trend in metal theft as well as tackle other environmental crimes such as fly-tipping and the proliferation of illegal waste sites and vehicle breaking sites.
This timely symposium provides an invaluable platform for local authorities, environment policymakers, central and local government and other stakeholders to assess the national response to confront metal theft and other environmental crimes. The symposium will assess the Government’s plans to strengthen legislation, establish closer partnership working between key local and national agencies and lead the debate on developing new solutions to tackle the rise in metal thefts and other environmental crimes.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
The Rising Tide of Metal Theft – Constructing the National Response
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Sharing Best Practice and Exploring Local Solutions in Tackling Metal Theft, Fly-tipping and Other Environmental Crime
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
“The government fully recognises the serious consequences of metal theft. This is not a victimless crime … we can assume that the incidence of metal theft will continue to rise unless action is taken, which is what we are determined to do.”
— Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, September 2011
“I have been astonished by the costs incurred and damage that metal theft is causing to businesses, services and local communities across England and Wales. The government takes this issue extremely seriously which is why we commissioned the multi-agency ACPO Metal Theft working group to deliver a plan to tackle the problem … Good progress is being made on a range of actions from this plan including looking at how we can develop metal alternatives and more coordinated law enforcement approaches, as well as exploring possible options for a cashless system for scrap metal dealers. Nevertheless, we are keen to do more and discussions are underway with a number of government departments to identify further options.”
— Minister for Crime Prevention and Anti-social Behaviour Reduction, June 2011