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With the rate of scrap metal theft in the UK soaring, police are asking people to remain diligent when it comes to looking after their property, and take particular care to ensure the security of their cars. offer their insight as to the best methods to ensure a vehicle is disposed of properly and that it does not fall into the wrong hands.

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To legally scrap a car, it must be licensed by the local authorities and environment agencies.

Statistics released by the Home Office for the recent Financial Year show an alarming rise in domestic burglaries. Whereas the overall crime rates were seen to fall, reports from the British Crime Survey and crimes recorded by the police show a 14% rise in domestic burglary. Amongst the reasons for this is the rising price of scrap metal and unscrupulous dealers. Jon Murphy, head of crime for the Association of Police Officers (ACPO) has commented on this worrying trend.

Murphy has stated; “The high price of metal is driving what is a significant increase in metal theft due to the price of second hand metal. This has a potentially significant impact on the national critical infrastructure and consequent risk to the public.”

"Amongst the victims of this spate of crimes are car owners and dealerships, with a large number of cases of vehicle theft for scrap being reported all over the country. It is a lucrative business, and scrap metal dealers are finding themselves under mounting pressure to increase regulation within the £5 billion industry."

Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Vanterpool who is head of Cambridge’s “Operation Magnet” set up to crack down on scrap metal theft, has also spoken out against this rising crime; “It is clear that a large proportion of stolen metal finds its way into the recycling industry through dealers who openly accept or turn a blind eye to stolen material...the identification measures set out in the agreement will assist the recycling industry, the police and other agencies in the detection and prevention of criminal activity.”

A number of this type of operation have been set up all over the country, with calls for tighter restrictions on receiving scrap metal. Photo identification is now required from those who take metal to be scrapped and calls for increased CCTV and security have been made.

For this reason, in the current climate, it is absolutely vital that regulations concerning the scrapping of cars are followed to the letter of the law. Alan Lendrum, owner of has commented that, “It’s a worrying trend, and really puts a spotlight on the whole industry. We make sure that we do everything legitimately, but obviously it’s hard to control an industry that is thriving thanks to crime.”

To legally scrap a car, it must be licensed by the local authorities and environment agencies. Legitimate businesses should also ask for photo identification, a utility bill, or rent book; log book, registration document and key. Lendrum continues, “It’s frustrating really that people will do this when honest people like myself go to all that effort to keep things above’s sickening.”

Scrap Cars Legally is a fully licensed scrap car disposal company based in London, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire and is compliant with Environment Agency Guidelines and DVLA Car Disposal Regulations 1986.

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