POLICE have launched a crackdown on metal theft campaign to coincide with a national day of action.
The campaign asks the public to help ‘Cut Out Metal Theft.’
Radio adverts, posters, leaflets and postcards have been created to raise public awareness, and urge people to report anything suspicious.
Members of the public are also directed to a web page detailing measures they can take to help prevent their homes and businesses from becoming targets,
More than 500 vehicles were searched and 24 scrap metal dealers across West Lothian and the rest of Lothian and Borders inspected as a result of ACPOS (Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland) national day of action, which took place from 8am last Thursday until 2am on Friday.
Working in partnership with British Transport Police, SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency), and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), the operation was held in an effort to target carriers and dealers of stolen scrap metal, and to detect, investigate and deter metal theft.
Similar operations took place across the country.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Gachagan, said: “The price of metal has rocketed over the past few years, and this makes it more and more attractive to thieves.
“However, although metal theft may not directly affect your pocket, it affects your telecommunications, your transport, your utilities, your children’s education, your places of worship, and your safety.
“We are asking you to keep your eyes open. If you see something which looks suspicious, report it to police or in confidence on the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.”
For more information, see www.lbp.police.uk/metal_theft