Law enforcement officers everywhere are being inundated with reports of metal thefts. Brothers Recycling is working with lawmakers to bring these criminals to justice. As of 2011, Brothers Recycling is a part of a revolutionary reporting system known as Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers helps law enforcement officers locate criminals responsible for stealing metal. Crime Stoppers provides law enforcement officers with a fast and easy way to view crime reports on the Internet, which allows officers to gain access to crime reports within seconds.
In the state of Alabama there is a new state law which targets thieves and the people who buy stolen merchandise. The statute Act 2007-451 took effect September 1st, 2010.
Act 2007-451 requires that metal buying companies can only buy metal from people with a valid government ID. In conjunction with the new law everyone who sells metal has to sign a statement confirming the metal being bought is in fact the seller’s property and it is not stolen metal. Furthermore, metal buying businesses must keep a written purchase log of what and how much is purchased from each customer. Act 2007-451 also restricts metal buying companies from paying cash for purchases over $1,000, as these purchases now must be completed by check. Under the law, anyone who sells stolen metal to a recycler faces a Class A misdemeanor unless it’s worth more than 250 dollars. The crime then becomes a Class C felony.