CRUSHING CRIME IN THE SCRAP METAL INDUSTRY
The NSW Government will move to amend the Scrap Metal Industry Act to crackdown on the infiltration of organised criminal groups within the scrap metal industry.
The new laws will prevent scrap metal yards being used by criminal networks to dispose of stolen property for quick and undocumented cash, including:
- strengthening deterrence measures by updating obligations and penalties under the Act;
- increasing police powers to effectively regulate the industry;
- clarifying who is considered a scrap metal dealer and where they operate; and
- bolstering confidence in the industry by establishing a public ‘name and shame register’ for businesses that choose to do the wrong thing.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the proposed amendments will target the criminal element of the industry who are damaging the reputation of the majority of good scrap metal dealers in NSW.
“I am committed to stamping out criminal infiltration of the scrap metal industry that undermines the work of legitimate dealers. These changes send a very clear message to any dodgy participant in the industry,” Mr Elliott said.
NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller APM said the additional powers to be granted to police officers will ensure they are well equipped to investigate property crime that is opportunistic, organised, large or small-scale.
“Police will have the powers and records they need to investigate property theft better than ever before and provide prospective customers an assurance that they are dealing with a business that is operating within the law,” Commissioner Fuller said.
The proposed amendments follow a mandatory statutory review of the Act which included consultation with industry and government stakeholders.
A copy of the Statutory Review of the Scrap Metal Industry Act can be found on the NSW Parliament website.