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|Re: Don't be a Scrap Metal Victim|
|Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:29|
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Re: Don't be a Victim of Persons who Disguise themselves as Scrappers
Over the past few years, the value of various metals (such as aluminum cans) has increased dramatically. Therefore, indiscriminate individuals have targeted residential neighborhoods and are taking anything of (metal) value.
Although recycling businesses are required to maintain records of the subjects that are selling the items, in some cases, items are reported stolen after the property has been altered and sold as scrap metal. These items can be from mobile home metal stairs to boat seat pedestals.
Thieves typically drive around neighborhoods looking for anything of value to pick up and take to the recycling yards. Abandoned homes are a huge target for the thieves.
Don’t be a victim of these thefts. Make sure to secure anything and everything of value and report stolen property as soon as possible.
If you see in your neighborhood anyone who appears to be scrapping, take heed to those individuals, as some are willing to take the risk of more than discarded property. You may have noticed that the day before trash pick up or the day of, you may see these scrappers more often.
Although, you may feel this is a harmless crime, scavenging presents an opportunity for individuals to check out your house and property. They may want more than your recyclables and could come back later to burglarize or to take items from your property.
Be alert and report suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood. This includes strangers in your neighborhood looking in garbage or vehicles circling the block with occupants you do not recognize.
Communicate with your neighbors to discuss these issues, as this is the best way to defeat crime.
Remember, that not all persons scrapping are breaking the law.
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972