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Sign Up for ScrapTheftAlert.

How to Register
Go to, Click on First-Time User and complete the registration form. Make sure the box is checked to allow you to receive reports. You are now registered to receive theft reports. Theres also a video tutorial on how to register for the system on the ISRI Web site at Click on the In Video: www. A New Tool for Law Enforcement on the upper right corner of the page).

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Submitting a Report
Should you need to submit a theft report or a report of suspicious material received, log in to www. using your email address and the password you selected when you registered. Click on Submit a Theft or Tip Report. The system will guide you for the information needed to complete the reports. It even accepts up to 4 photographs (limited to 2MB in size) of the stolen material. Once the report is submitted, the system searches for zip codes within 100 miles of the theft location and sends an email to all subscribers in that radius. Alerts posted to the website remain active for 14 days.

How You Can Help

You can help make an even better tool by informing other recyclers and law enforcement personnel about the system and asking them to subscribe to alerts. The alert system is free, and recyclers do not need to be ISRI members to participate.

A New Tool to Help Law Enforcement Fight the Theft of Metals and Other Materials

What is
For years, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) has worked to be a part of the solution to the problem of metal theft. It helps police, it helps our communities, and it helps our industry (more than two-thirds of recyclers report being a victim of metal theft in the past year). ISRI has developed, a new online theft reporting system available to law enforcement and recyclersfree of charge. The system allows recyclers to receive alerts for materials reported stolen within 100 miles of their location. It also allows law enforcement (and certain corporate security personnel) to post alerts that are sent to subscribers within a 100-mile radius of the theft location. When warranted, the alert radius can be expanded to larger areas. is faster and easier than any previous reporting program. Once your registration has been completed, law enforcement (and certain corporate security personnel) will be able to post alerts immediately, without the delay caused by intervention by ISRI staff. ISRIs database of email subscribers currently tops 8,000 scrap recycling and law enforcement professionals. With your help that number can continue to grow. Works!
Material Recovery
A wire manufacturer in Colorado reported the theft of wire spools to the ScrapTheft system and a cashier at a nearby scrap facility recognized the stolen materials. The cashier reviewed surveillance records to identify the seller of the materials, sharing what she found with the policewho determined from the surveillance pictures that the seller worked at the wire manufacturer. The suspect was arrested.

ISRIPart of the Solution

As the Voice of the Recycling Industry, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is leading the way in advocating the vital role scrap recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development. A Washington, D.C.-based trade association, ISRI represents nearly 1,600 private, for-profit companies operating at more than 7,000 facilities in the United States and 30 countries worldwide that process, broker, and industrially consume scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. In addition, ISRIs associate members include equipment and service providers to the scrap recycling industry. It is estimated that ISRI members employ more than 85,000 people, and their companies range in size from small, one-location operations to large, publicly-held corporations with multiple facilities worldwide. Other ISRI members focus on the business of brokering and trading recyclable materials, consolidating materials from a variety of businesses to expedite the fulfillment of consumer needs. For several years, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), the national association of the scrap recycling industry, has been actively working to be a part of the solution to the metal and material theft issue. Our experience has shown that the single most effective tool in this battle is the ISRIsponsored Web site,

Six individuals Arrested

Six individuals were arrested in Berlin, Conn. for stealing catalytic converters after a ScrapTheftAlert was issued by the Berlin Police Department. When arrested, the suspects had between 35 and 50 converters in their vehicle, with an approximate value of $1,500 each.

Stolen Material Located

A ScrapTheftAlert email was responsible for the recovery of stolen materials after an employee of a Livonia, Mich. recycling facility (Weiser Recycling) reported that his company had purchased the item described in the theft alert. The stolen item was returned to its grateful owner.