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Metal thefts on the rise in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 16:01 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:10 01 August 2010

BUSINESSES and members of the public are being urged to be vigilant following a number of thefts of metal and associated items over the past two months.

BUSINESSES and members of the public are being urged to be vigilant following a number of thefts of metal and associated items over the past two months.

In December 2009 there were at least 30 instances of theft of items such as scrap metal, cabling, lead from roofs, car batteries and components and pipes and plumbing supplies.

In 2010, by Wednesday of this week, there had been at least 46 reported thefts across Suffolk.

The value of metal has increased over time, and people should be vigilant in protecting their property and that of their neighbours.

Owners of properties vulnerable to metal theft are urged to make their buildings and sites as secure as possible to keep criminals out. Where possible it is advised to use security lighting to deter thieves, and CCTV can also deter as well as capturing images of offenders and their vehicles.

All gates and entrances to premises should be properly secured. Valuable property can be marked and photos taken, to identify it if it's recovered. Industrial Watches are in place in many areas, and you can contact your community watch liaison officer on 01473 613500 for further details.

In some cases several thousand pounds worth of metal in its various forms has been stolen from premises, which takes a considerable amount of time to remove and a vehicle to transport.

Any sightings of persons acting suspiciously near building sites or any property with lead roofing, or cold calling looking for scrap metal should be reported to police.

Anyone with any information about metal theft should contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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