Chaining down metal to stop thieves

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 June 2011

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A CONCERNED Worle resident is chaining down his property and installing CCTV after a spate of scrap metal thefts - and is urging others to follow suit.

Frustrated people living in Blackberry Drive cul-de-sac have had various items pilfered from their driveways and cars over the past few weeks, and one fed-up man said he and his neighbours have had enough.

Father-of-two, Philip White, has had parts ripped from his car and has even had his metal dog guard, complete with a thick metal chain, stolen from outside his house.

The 42-year-old of Mead Vale said: “People around here are fed-up of men going around in transit vans stealing metal items off people’s drives. It’s happening more and more and nothing is done about it.

“It’s going on all over Worle as the price of scrap metal is so high. It needs to be stopped. My neighbours have had their kids’ bikes stolen and when someone put a washing machine on their drive to take some bits off it, it was stolen.”

Philip said the crooks seem to be operating a full-time business as it is happening so often, and that residents have given up hope of the situation improving. As a result he is installing a CCTV camera to protect his home and says he will be chaining down his trailer, and any other outdoor items which could be stolen.

He said: “I don’t know what else to do to stop these people pilfering our private property and I think others should look at doing this too.

“People don’t have much confidence in the police as it has happened so much, so now people aren’t even reporting it.”

A police spokesman said people should consider CCTV if they think it is appropriate, dependant on the circumstances.

The spokesman said: “Unfortunately scrap metal theft is on the increase due to the high price paid at present.

“An operation is running across the force area which sees officers working closely with scrap yards to identify and arrest offenders. However, the metal which ends up at these yards is often in a very different form from when it was stolen.

“People should secure their property and ensure items like bikes are safely stored so they are not an easy target.”

Police are asking the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

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