Signature Materials wins national metal theft award
Signature Materials has won a prestigious award at the National Metal Theft Awards. The team behind the pioneering marking technology were presented with the top award in the Crime Reduction Category, which recognises the commitment to reduce metal thefts from substations and overhead power lines.
Signature Materials worked with Electricity North West and local police forces, British Transport Police and other partners to trial the marking. The trial resulted in a reduction of metal theft crime by 50 percent and more than 300 fewer crimes across the North West.
David Arthur, Project Manager for Signature Materials, said, “Signature Materials is very pleased to win this award and to demonstrate that our marking systems deter metal theft and are proven to be effective. Working as part of a team with the partners has maximised the impact of the deterrent, linked with high visibility signage and media coverage. “
The project started as an initial 16-week trial in April 2013 and is the first of its kind to be carried out by any Distribution Network Operator. Following a successful pilot, the trial was extended and the team celebrated marking 1,000 substations in July 2013. Since then, the project has accelerated and extended nationwide.
Signature Materials is an entirely portable technology that engraves metals with full details of the ownership and location of the material, which can be visually checked by the police, scrap dealers and border control agencies. All data is stored in a national database.