With metal theft reaching epidemic proportions across the UK – and up to 50% of thefts from merchants’ premises. Alchemy Metals, specialist processor of high-value scrap metals, needed sophisticated security solutions in place to protect their new Stevenage facility. Secom installed monitored intruder alarms and CCTV systems, which are integrated with access controls and other physical solutions.
“We regularly hear of disruption on the railways because vital cables have been stolen for scrap copper, of lead sheeting being stripped from church roofs, and of police raids on unscrupulous merchants,” says Alan Blake, Sales and Marketing Director at Secom plc. “Such events underline the high value of non-ferrous metals – and their ready marketability, especially at the hands of ‘no questions asked’ dealers.
“Secom is committed to making a safer society and as part of this we have a responsibility to make available security solutions that can significantly curtail crimes such as metal theft.”
He says police forces are doing their best to break the illegal metals supply chain by targetting merchants willing to turn stolen metal into cash. “A Bill now before Parliament seeks to introduce licensing of scrap metal merchants and formally to criminalise current underhand deals. But while times are difficult and non-ferrous metals are highly priced, metal theft will remain an attractive option for people prepared to risk anything to make money. A combination of tough action and sensible precautions is the best way to address the problem.”
Alan Blake says a good example of sensible precautions is the CCTV and monitored alarm system Secom installed at the premises of Alchemy Metals, specialist processor of high-value scrap – typically from various manufacturing sectors. He says: “Our systems are designed to ensure that if Alchemy’s perimeter security and access control systems were breached, the unwelcome visitors would be captured on camera and alarms would be triggered.”
Alchemy’s Managing Director Philip Newman is at the forefront of efforts to eradicate metal theft. And with 50% of metal thefts involving metal stolen from dealers, he has set up the Stevenage premises to safeguard material being processed – as well as preventing stolen metal from entering the recycling stream.