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ISRI Time Capsule: Dealing With the Theft Problem

The strong business “supercycle” in the 2002 to 2008 period ushered in an unwelcome increase in thefts of scrap materials and a proliferation of legislation designed to combat the problem.

August23LUTimeCapsuleDealingWithTheft250ISRI responded in numerous ways, including forging a partnership in 2006 with the National Crime Prevention Council, hiring its first staff director of materials theft prevention in 2008, launching the ScrapTheftAlert.com theft-notification system in 2009, and fighting misguided or burdensome theft-prevention legislation on numerous government levels. The association continued its work on this front in subsequent years, establishing a Law Enforcement Advisory Council in 2013, attending and exhibiting at numerous law-enforcement events around the country, providing a database of state metal theft statutes, and creating the StopMetalsTheft.org website, among other actions.

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