Former British Transport Police Deputy joins Signature Materials
Former National Project Lead for major British Transport Police operations and the Deputy Lead for the National Metal Theft Taskforce, Robin Edwards, has taken on a new role supporting the team behind Signature Materials.
The Signature Materials project, developed by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), began in 2012. The team developed a unique metal marking technique, which, together with an accessible national register, provides a solution to a crime that has cost the UK economy millions of pounds a year.
Robin was a member of the Home Office Legislative Implementation group that developed the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 and he has advised Police Forces, Ministers and has frequently represented the Police at international conferences. His move to Signature Materials signals an increase in efforts to tackle metal theft crimes by the team.
Robin said, "The fight against metal theft continues in a climate of minimal enforcement and at a time when the legislation is still very much in its infancy.”
"We cannot allow metal theft to re-emerge and we must tackle this threat by setting a new benchmark in terms of what is acceptable and what isn't and through the use of effective prevention measures. Industry now finds itself at the forefront of prevention, enforcement and the protection of assets."