Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Metal Theft

Metal Theft

27 February 2012

The consistent rising cost of metal during recent years has seen a growth in metal theft across the Upper North Island.

Thieves are targeting railway lines, graveyards and churches, community facilities, irreplaceable works of art, manhole covers and corporate resources.

The problem of metal theft was highlighted recently by the theft of aluminum blocks and a large bronze moulding, valued at approximately 50,000NZD from a factory in South Auckland.

This metal is likely to be sold through scrap metal recyclers.

"Metal theft crime represents a direct attack on our communities as grave plaques and other items have been stolen and traded" Inspector Gary Davey says.

Police say that the Second Hand Dealers and Pawn Brokers Act 2004 is now being enforced more consistently across the Upper North Island and prosecution of offenders is likely to rise as a result.

This week Police will again be visiting more Auckland and Northland Second Hand Dealers, Scrap Metal Merchants, Gold Buyers and Automotive Dismantlers in the search for stolen property. This follows on from previous successful operations focusing on dealers .
This activity forms part of Project Pearl, a NZ Police initiative aimed at preventing and reducing property theft across the Upper North Island.

Police are working with the members of the second hand goods and scrap metal industries to make it harder for criminals to trade in stolen goods.

Police are also encouraging people to enter all the serial numbers of their valuable belongings on the SNAP website in order to make it easier to trace stolen property. Visit http://www.snap.org.nz.

Anyone with any information about stolen property is encouraged to call their local police station, or if they wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mediaworks: Three to be sold or closed

MediaWorks has today announced that it intends to sell MediaWorks TV as well as its Flower Street property which includes its television head office and studios.

The intention is for MediaWorks to sell the television side of the business while retaining ownership of radio and QMS. The Flower Street property will also be put up for sale with a lease back option for a buyer to continue to operate television from that location.

MediaWorks Chairman Jack Matthews said that MediaWorks is committed to continuing to grow its business in New Zealand while recognising that free-to-air television operates in a challenging environment. More>>


Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>


Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>


Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>


IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>


‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>





InfoPages News Channels