Association says the upgrade will make it easier for recyclers and law enforcement to battle metal theft.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, D.C., has announced a redesign and upgrade to ScrapTheftAlert.com. ISRI says the website allows law enforcement (and certain corporate security personnel) to post alerts that are sent to users within a 100-mile radius of the theft location.
“ScrapTheftAlert.com is a proven tool in helping law enforcement fight metals theft,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Through our work with law enforcement partners, ISRI received feedback on how to improve the system. The result is a more robust alert system that will further strengthen the cooperation between police and recyclers during theft investigations and lead to additional arrests. The new system is an example of the recycling industry’s strong commitment to preventing metals theft,” she adds.
The newly redesigned ScrapTheftAlert.com offers the following features, which ISRI says makes the system easier to use while expanding its functionality:
- an easier user interface for registering and submitting alerts;
- the ability to select multiple locations to receive alerts;
- enhanced customizable search capabilities by material, region, date and key words;
- extractable search results;
- additional materials categories, including vehicles, batteries and cargo theft;
- increased capacity for downloading additional images and information;
- the ability to post success stories; and
- the capability for future expansion.
ISRI says the upgraded site is part of a comprehensive approach it is taking to address metals theft. Earlier this year, ISRI announced the creation of the Law Enforcement Advisory Council made up of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and security personnel who are tasked with the development of a multilayered training program to assist law enforcement in metals theft prevention. ISRI also hired Brady Mills, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, to serve as the director of law enforcement outreach who will work closely with the law enforcement community.