Pioneering plans target metal theft

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A NEW database aimed at tackling metal theft, which is the first of its kind in the country, will be launched in Daventry.

NEMISYS (National Electronic Metal Theft Intelligence System) will go live in the next few weeks with the aim of tracking down thieves and reducing crime.

In the past couple of years metal theft has been a big problem across the Daventry district with buildings such as churches targeted by vandals.

Temporary inspector Paul Valentine, sector commander for Daventry, said: “As a force we are doing a lot of work to clamp down on metal thefts.

“We launched Operation Silver Fox last year and what we’ve been working on locally is a new database in partnership with Empowering Communities.

“They are a not-for-profit organisation specialising in information exchange and will be providing a database that a number of organisations can access.

“Several partners will be able to contribute including scrap metal dealers, church groups, English Heritage and the police.

“They will all be able to access the database and share information.

“It’s a no brainer for us really. If we have information that a van has just stolen a load of scrap metal we could immediately put the details on the database.

“Then scrap dealers will be able to see it and call us if they are approached by the van.

“No-one else is doing this sort of thing in the country at the moment and are confident it can be successful.”