Over a single night in August, thieves hit an industrial site in Livingston, Scotland, forcing entry and stealing a vast amount of high-value metal equipment, such as I-beams, tower bracing bars and anti-climb equipment, valued at around £300,000.
A Detective from Livingston CID said: “We believe whoever was responsible for this theft will look to sell the metal on for scrap and as such would require either one large vehicle, or a number of vehicles.”
CCTV would very likely have been a highly effective preventative against the theft but none was present and it seems there were no witnesses or anyone recalling any suspicious activity.
The Clearway CCTV Tower incorporates a camera at the top of a 6m mast and is designed to work 24/7 in vulnerable, open-space areas, whether or not mains power is available. The tower is remote operated and, in its own right, acts as an excellent visual deterrent.
Metal theft continues to be a major issue across the UK with common targets including beer kegs, manhole covers, catalytic converters, air conditioning units, copper wiring and cabling, lead from roofs and bronze plaques and statues.