CSG Study Highlights Need
for State Data on Metal Theft
Reports of scrap metal theft have become common in both the local and national news over the past few years. Insurance companies, law enforcement officials and industry watchdogs have called theft of scrap metal--including copper, aluminum, nickel, stainless steel and scrap iron--one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States.
State leaders have taken notice, passing a flurry of legislation meant to curb metal theft and help law enforcement find and prosecute criminals. Much of that legislation focused on placing new regulations and requirements on transactions at scrap metal recycling facilities, where thieves might attempt to sell stolen goods.
Researchers at The Council of State Governments, in collaboration with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, known as ISRI, set out to determine if all that legislation is having an impact on metal theft rates.