Metals Theft: Law Enforcement

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Policy & Regulations

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Danielle Waterfield
Sr. Director, Government Relations / Asst General Counsel
(202) 662-8516

The most effective way to address the problem of metal theft is through a comprehensive strategy focusing first on efforts to prevent metal theft to the maximum extent practicable and second on assisting law enforcement and prosecutors in their efforts to catch, prosecute, and penalize those who perpetrate these thefts to the extent necessary to dissuade their colleagues from a similar path.

Success Stories

Read first-hand testimony from law enforcement officers around the nation about how facilitated the arrests of metals theft suspects.  Submit success stories of your own for publication.

Metals Theft Best Practices

Unfortunately, criminals will take advantage of nearly every opportunity available to them. Thus, as commodity prices rise, the theft of scrap metals and recovered paper seems to increase as well. No one is immune to this problem. Members of the recycling industry also are often the victims of material theft.

is an e-mail newsletter for law enforcement subscribers to It will be sent periodically to share success stories, working strategies, and other issues that may be pertinent to your fight against metal theft.

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BOLO News July August 2016PDF58.47 KB27 Jul, 2016 Download
BOLO News June 2016PDF54.77 KB15 Jun, 2016 Download
BOLO News May 2016PDF51.81 KB25 May, 2016 Download
BOLO News April 2016PDF53.95 KB27 Apr, 2016 Download
BOLO News March 2016PDF115.76 KB16 Mar, 2016 Download
BOLO News February 2016PDF52.20 KB18 Feb, 2016 Download
BOLO News January 2016PDF55.94 KB26 Jan, 2016 Download
BOLO News November December 2015PDF52.51 KB09 Dec, 2015 Download
BOLO News October 2015PDF54.30 KB29 Oct, 2015 Download
BOLO News September 2015PDF67.79 KB10 Sep, 2015 Download
Bolo News August 2015PDF69.11 KB12 Aug, 2015 Download
BOLO News July 2015PDF128.82 KB08 Jul, 2015 Download
Bolo News June 2015PDF131.61 KB10 Jun, 2015 Download
Bolo News May 2015PDF130.44 KB13 May, 2015 Download
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Bolo News March 2015PDF56.54 KB11 Mar, 2015 Download
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Bolo News January 2015PDF55.34 KB14 Jan, 2015 Download
Bolo News December 2014PDF67.48 KB17 Dec, 2014 Download
BOLO News - November 2014PDF194.33 KB19 Nov, 2014 Download

Scrap Theft Alert

ISRI operates a free web-based alert system seeking to connect law enforcement communities and scrap yard operators in the investigation and prevention of materials theft. Law enforcement officials can post information about stolen scrap materials, or materials that have been stolen by thieves that could be sold for scrap. The reports are turned into alerts that are then broadcast over the Internet to all member scrap yards within a 200 mile radius.


Scrap Theft Alert Brochure

STA BrochureAccess the brochure for more information about the program, success stories, how to register, and submitting a theft report.

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