The Home Office and Department for Transport have this week announced £500,000 continued funding for the Metal Theft Taskforce, which coordinates law enforcement activity to tackle the theft of vital infrastructure.
Energy Networks Association (ENA) led the campaign to bring about the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 and has made the case for funding to be continued for the Taskforce, including supporting MPs and Peers with their Parliamentary Questions.
Welcoming the commitment from Government, ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:
“After many years of campaigning for tougher rules to stop metal thieves, the new legislation must be supported by well resourced policing and enforcement to be effective. The Metal Theft Taskforce has delivered huge returns for its funding, utilising intelligence and coordinated activity to reduce theft by almost 40%.
“Society as a whole is a victim of this crime and every effort should be made to ensure our energy, transport and telecommunications infrastructure can provide their vital services without the disruption of this dangerous criminal activity.”