Positions 30 May 2014

Metal theft

There is a need that the Member States, the EU institutions, the sectors affected by metal theft, as well as international bodies get more involved and work more closely together to tackle metal theft. The only effective response to the problem is the combined implementation of legislative, financial, technical and administrative measures in the context of a close collaboration among public and private sectors. Only a combination of all the measures proposed (legislative, operational and voluntary ones) will help to tackle the problem effectively in the future as the introduction of only some of them always leads to the danger that criminality is simply shifting to another field as criminals always find a way.