Scrap dealers struggle to thwart thieves
Randy Katz receives reports of stolen scrap
metal on a daily basis. “Every day there is a new issue,”
said Katz, co-owner of City Scrap & Salvage Co. in Akron
Thieves are taking everything from aluminum
siding to copper wire and tubing from construction sites and
production plants around the country. Scrap dealers are also
often targets. “Prices are high and people are taking
advantage of that,” Katz said.
Katz coordinates a theft alert system for
the Northern Ohio chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling
Industries. Every time Katz receives a report of stolen scrap
metal he forwards e-mails with information detailing the theft
to other scrap metal dealers.
An alert went out in June detailing the
theft of 30 newspaper vending machines that were stolen from
the offices of The Gazette newspaper in Medina, Ohio. The
metal boxes were awaiting shipment for refurbishing and each
one weighed about 80 pounds.
City Scrap & Salvage, which operates
a ferrous and non-ferrous scrap facility, has not had recent
problems with theft, Katz said, due to a high-tech security
system put in a few years ago. “We have a pretty good
security system,” Katz said. ...read