Metal is a valuable asset, whether scrapped or as a part of a larger product. For this reason, metal theft is a common problem in towns and cities all across the country. Criminals are stealing anything made of or containing large amounts of metal, and then selling them to scrap metal buyers for an instant, anonymous cash profit.
Since there is a high demand for scrap metal, there are several scrap companies, salvage yards, and recycling centers that pay cash for metal and alloy commodities. This incentive has sparked an interest in certain people to resort to criminal activity to make an easy dollar.
The most common targets are old cars and similar motorized commodities, such as motorcycles, scooters, electric bikes, hover boards, boats, jet skis, and more. Additional common targets include appliances, electronics, siding, roofing, power tools, and car parts.
Your metal is valuable, whether it is junk or in use. For this reason, if anyone should profit from it, it should be you and not thieves. Continue reading to learn some home and business security tips to prevent metal theft.
Tips for Preventing Theft at Home:
Brand valuable alloy with your name using hard-to-remove paint, decals, or etching.
Store your metal valuables somewhere secure and direct out of sight. Avoid storing valuables close to a gate, road, or exit.
Use a lock when storing valuables.
Upgrade your exterior security, such as lockable sheds, storage units, locks, chains, video surveillance, fencing, motion-sensored lighting, and more.
Place “No Trespassing” or “Private Property” signs in open, obvious areas of your property.
Pay close attention to the character of people you invite onto your property. Be sure you know them and trust them.
Alert neighbors upon leaving town for vacation or work.
Install car alarms and trip alarms.
Avoid keeping a car or vehicle parked in the same spot for an extended period of time.
Never keep the title of your vehicle in your vehicle.
Always report suspicious behavior in your neighborhood.
Write down the serial numbers of your personal property and keep them in your personal records.
If your metal is stolen, file a police report immediately. Alert all the local scrap metal buyers and recycling centers too.
Tips for Preventing Theft at Work:
Use the same tips as homeowners, plus the ones below too!
Maintain adequate insurance to cover the event of theft.
Create an inventory of all your supplies, and keep it updated on a daily basis. Add pictures and serial numbers if possible.
Never leave valuables out, unattended.
Install 24 hour video surveillance. Keep recordings for 3 years.
Store all equipment in locked storage, surrounded by a perimeter security system and/or fencing.
Deadbolt all windows and doors.
Always have an attendant on duty when supplies are delivered so that they can be securely stored right away.
Remove anything that could help thieves access your building’s roof or windows, including trees, ladders, dumpsters, scaffolding, and trucks.