School Learning

Importance of Metal Theft Prevention At Schools

Your school is equipped to teach children for several hours a day, but did you know that you can also educate vandals that crime doesn’t pay?

Scrap metal vandals operate solo or in pairs to cut, detach and steal air conditioning unit copper coils and other scrap metal from school grounds. Metal theft vandalism affects school children, just as it does the school administration, teachers and the rest of the community from whom the vandals stole. Sometimes schools must close to enable the repairs to be made safely.

The cost to the school is considerably greater than the few hundred dollars received by metal thieves at the scrap recycler. Replacement and restoration costs can be in the tens of thousands of dollars; in some cases, it’s upwards of $100,000. For this reason, police consider air conditioning metal theft to be a serious offense.

Metal theft offenders can be difficult to track down as they often act quickly, and commit these crimes under the cover of darkness. When serial numbers have been removed and identifying information is not present, the scrap metal cannot be traced.

Create a comfortable, cohesive and safe learning environment for students and teachers, and put vandals on notice. The FlashCAM includes a motion activated voice warning that can be customized to any message recording to alert the criminal that trespassing and illegal activity will be prosecuted. The system integrates well with your district’s crime prevention strategy.


Preventing Park Vandalism & Metal Theft After Hours

Early intervention is important in the ongoing fight against vandalism and metal theft in public parks. If it occurs, making repairs as soon as possible helps prevention of future destruction and nuisance crime activity.  Many parks close during night hours, as a step toward nuisance crime prevention and deterrence. San Francisco’s board of supervisors recently created a city ordinance closing parks from midnight to 5 a.m. for the purpose of addressing substantial problems of vandalism, illegal dumping and metal theft costing parks department approximately $1 million per year. Their reason? Most of the issues were happening predominately at night.

National Insurance Crime Bureau reports property crimes in 2013 amounted to 16.6 billion in estimated losses —and just for metal theft occurrences, a total of 33,775 claims submitted 2010-2012 for metal theft (copper, bronze, brass, or aluminum). Ensure your city does not become a statistic, by implementing proven strategies and effective crime prevention programs that keep your city’s property and park’s visitors safe.


Crime Prevention Helps Save Municipal Budgets

Municipalities continue to feel the increasingly challenged budget crunch. Several leading public safety authorities who share crime prevention tips recommend an effective way to address this revenue problem. They advocate implementation of proactive crime prevention strategies. By preventing nuisance crimes such as graffiti, vandalism, illegal dumping and metal theft reduces the public revenue burden. It’s a considerable savings to avoid expensive graffiti removal, toxic waste cleanup costs and nuisance crimes adjudication.

Even in areas where such criminal behavior has not occurred in the past, it is unfortunately beginning to pop up more. The FBI posted property crime statistics from 2013: “Nationally, a property crime occurred every 3.7 seconds; one burglary every 16.4 second; one larceny theft every 5.3 seconds; one motor vehicle theft every 45.1 seconds.” These offenses touch real people’s lives, and affect the public’s trust and treasury, too.

Proactive crime prevention programs and tools are an investment that saves the city budget and allocates funds to other areas of need. In many cases this is easily over hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars that could be spent on training, infrastructure, repairs, or other purposes to enhance the community.

Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is just as applicable today as it was in his day.  Take action if you are looking for crime prevention programs that work and experience the difference in increasing public safety. Save costly expenditures of time, money and resources, and watch public confidence grow.  You’ll be glad you did.


Park Statues & Historic Monuments Vulnerable to Theft & Vandalism

From Seattle to Detroit to Miami, thieves vandals are on the prowl raiding public parks and national, historically preserved sites. They strip valuable metal and head for metal recycling facilities where they exchange the “scrap” metal for money.

Copper and other metal prices have risen dramatically in recent years, as well as the increased overseas demand for scrap metal.  Correlating to that rise is a significant increase in copper/metal theft and vandalism.  With the issue growing to severe levels since 2010, legislation has been introduced to address the problem of metal theft and its dangerous and costly ramifications.

Park statues and memorials are targeted even when these cultural icons are securely fastened or cemented down, causing extensive  and expensive damage not only to the targeted metal but to other structures as well. Thieves are not deterred by public spaces where they dare to carry out these deeds. These activities typically take place after hours when these parks and recreational areas are left vacant and unmonitored.

However, once gone these historical, artistic, and priceless statues and memorials can never be replaced. The cultural loss is felt permanently. Protect your parks from nuisance crime and safeguard your city’s irreplaceable historical monuments and community pride.