Alert system guards against metal theft

Buckeye Farm News 

OFBF is continuing to explore ways it can work with the scrap metal industry and local law enforcement to address farmers’ concerns over metal theft.

After a recent meeting with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, OFBF is considering how it could utilize an industry Web site and electronic alert system that keeps scrap dealers on the lookout for stolen items. The Web site,, broadcasts descriptions and photos of metal materials that have been reported stolen and also provides the contact information of the investigating law enforcement officer.

Although it is widely used by scrap dealers, many communities are not familiar with the alert system, said Beth Vanderkooi, OFBF director of state policy. She said Farm Bureau members can be helpful by making local law enforcement officers aware of the resource. OFBF has already talked with a representative of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, she said.

Vanderkooi also noted that a metal theft law passed last year establishes a committee in the next legislative session to review how the law’s new standards for purchasing scrap metal are working.

“That provision is something that is very unique about this particular law,” she said.

At last year’s annual meeting, OFBF delegates called on the organization to do more to address metal theft in rural areas.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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