London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 29, 2011 -- Just a few weeks ago there were a number of raids which took place in Somerset whereby more than 300 police officers from local stations went into over 40 scrap metal yards throughout the local area. To date 25 people have been arrested for being in possession of stolen goods, as well as carrying out money laundering and theft.
The police launched their search which comprised of officers, support groups, and police dogs as well as financial investigators, police officers from HQ and BT's investigation team- which was aptly named 'Operation Relentless'.
These continuous campaigns give the police force the chance to provide the general public with a good insight into the operations the police carry out on a day to day basis- in this case investigating those who steal metal and handle stolen property.
As a result of the police searches, police offers took the opportunity to seize a range of goods including cable, copper, road signs and lead flashing, along with farm gates, machinery and drain covers.
The theft of metal is encountered by people from all walks of life, including business owners, construction site owners and even homeowners. The total estimated cost of the stealing of scrap metal is predicted to be around £1 billion pounds every year. Alarmingly, this figure is set to rise due to the increase in the worth of metal across the world.
Worryingly it's not just the monetary loss which is a concern, but when thieves steal the metal they are also putting other peoples lives in a significant amount of danger. After an incident in Somerset took place whereby a BT cable was stolen along with a nearby manhole and drain covers there were a series of accidents on the surrounding dark, busy roads as a result.
In other parts of the country such as Avon and Somerset, thanks to police clamp downs on metal thieves the number of incidents taking place is significantly lower in comparison to other locations.
However, a spokesman has said that the police force have not become complacent despite the improvements due to the increases in scrap metal thefts across the rest of the country.
They hope that the clampdowns on scrap metal thieves will send a clear message to criminals and other people handling stolen goods. The police force aims to take ongoing action in dealing with these people who are reaping financial rewards at the cost of everyone else in society. They aim to do this by reducing the market in which these thieves are operating in.
A clear message was also sent to scrap metal dealers who are operating lawfully, who refuse to handle any stolen goods and who co-operate with their local police force- in that they have nothing to worry about in regards to the clamp downs.
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