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New Law To Help Combat Metal Theft

Date of News Release: 07/14/2008

(Frankfort, KY) - New legislation that goes into effect on July 15 is designed to help law enforcement agencies combat an increasingly frequent crime in Kentucky: the theft of certain non-ferrous metals and all ferrous metals.

House Bill 106 requires metal dealers to record purchase transactions on a form and keep the form for two years. Upon request, the dealers are required to provide the forms to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of identifying the perpetrators of metal thefts.

The information contained on the form will include the seller's name, address and some form of proof of identity such as a driver's license. It will also include the make, model, color and license plate number of the vehicle transporting the material, a description of the material, its weight and quantity, the amount paid to the seller and the date and time of the transaction.

Under the new statute, the Kentucky State Police is charged with providing the tracking form to metals dealers. As of July 15, the form will be available online at metals.pdf. Paper copies can be obtained at any of KSP's 16 posts throughout the state.

"With the price of copper and other metals on the rise, these materials are being increasingly targeted for theft," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "The use of this form will help metal dealers partner with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to deter such unlawful activity."

"We'd like to thank Rep. Tanya Pullin for arranging for Kentucky Farm Bureau and American Electric Power to print these forms," added Brewer. "The insurance and energy industries have a special interest in reducing these thefts and we appreciate their help."

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