Lincolnshire Police reports a 27.7 per cent fall in metal thefts

LINCOLNSHIRE Police’s crackdown on metal thieves is showing “excellent results” after the force reported a 27.7 per cent reduction in the numbers of the crime in the first six months of 2012 when compared with the same period last year.

The force believes the fall is down to a combination of efforts from officers and members of the public. The force added that scrap metal dealers are now working together with police and requesting photographic identification from customers, which they said helped when investigating crimes and also made it harder for criminals to dispose of stolen metal.

The police added that members of the public were now regularly reporting suspicious incidents involving rogue scrap collectors.

Sergeant Marc Gee of Lincolnshire Police said, “We are determined to build on our initiatives to make a difference in respect of this blight on our communities.

“Some of the offences have seen the theft of parts of our heritage that can never be properly replaced.

“We will continue to prioritise metal theft to reduce the figures even further, but this can only be done through the help of the general public.

“There are many legitimate scrap metal collectors who can be contacted and arrangements made to pick up any unwanted items. We would urge people to report any suspicious incidents in their area and keep any metal items secure to prevent them from being stolen.”

To report any suspicious activity or if you have any information relating to metal theft, you can contact Lincolnshire Police on the 101 non-emergency number or via 999

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.