PITTSBURGH The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries has launched a website to help combat metals theft.
"The recycling industry is fully committed to being part of the solution when it comes to preventing metals theft," Robin Wiener, president of the Washington-based trade association, said in a statement.
Through the website, StopMetalsTheft.org, law enforcement officials can upload detailed descriptions of missing metal, including its estimated value, grade, weight and any other characteristics, to help recyclers identify stolen material.
"(It) can be used to help prevent metals theft as well as build cases and prosecute crimes when they do occur," Wiener said. "Through our continued outreach efforts, we hope to strengthen our existing partnerships while building new ones."
Recyclers can search the alert system by type of metal, zip code or state. There were 14,600 alerts on the website and more than 17,700 active users as of June 26.
Other tools include a 305-page document detailing metal theft laws and statutes in all 50 states and a photo glossary of two dozen types of commonly stolen items.