Tuesday, January 31st 2023

Public Policy Exchange will be hosting a webinar on Tackling Metal Theft: Assessing the Effectiveness of Current Legislation and Improving Enforcement which will take place on Tuesday, January 31st 2023 between 9:30am and 1:00pm.

Key Speakers:

  • Robin Edwards, Co-Founder of the National infrastructure Crime Reduction Partnership
  • James Kelly, CEO at the British Metals Recycling Association
  • Dr David Knight, Acting Secretary of the Church Buildings Council & Senior Church Buildings Officer at The Church of England
  • Professor John Coxhead, Professor of Policing Innovation and Learning at Loughborough University
  • Phil Cleary FRSA, Co-Founder and former CEO of the SmartWater Group (now The DeterTech Group)


  • Assess the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (SMDA) and debate the successes and failures of current legislation
  • Examine the trends in how metal theft has changed
  • Evaluate current relationships between key stakeholders in the metal theft industry, including the role of the National Infrastructure Crime Reduction Partnership
  • Evaluate the benefits of criminalising both the seller and the buyer of scrap metal
  • Review the impact of metal theft on a variety of sectors
  • Determine methods to enhance and improve data sharing between local authorities and relevant actors
  • Discuss means of effectively enforcing the SMDA
  • Develop innovative preventative measures and review existing deterrent technologies
  • Assess what further funding is needed for law enforcement agencies and how to secure further funding for local authorities
  • Discuss long-term strategies to tackle metal theft, including with regard to organised crime

 To register online please click here or download a form here. 

Bulletin sent: 23 January 2023