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ISRI introduces scrap theft information system

Archiv – United States / Canada | The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has developed a new, free-of-charge tool to be used in the recycling industry’s efforts to fight material theft. ScrapTheftAlert.com is an Internet-based system that will allow law enforcement to alert US and Canadian recyclers of reported stolen material. It will also enable recyclers to alert area law enforcement when they are in receipt of materials that they believe might have been stolen.United States / Canada | The US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has developed a new, free-of-charge tool to be used in the recycling industry’s efforts to fight material theft. ScrapTheftAlert.com is an Internet-based system that will allow law enforcement to alert US and Canadian recyclers of reported stolen material. It will also enable recyclers to alert area law enforcement when they are in receipt of materials that they believe might have been stolen.
According to ISRI, ScrapTheftAlert.com represents another significant improvement in theft reporting procedures that have been available through ISRI for more than two decades. The original system, known as FaxNet, allowed ISRI to notify recyclers in the immediate area of a theft via fax. ISRI’s Theft Alert system, developed in 2006, moved the service from fax to email and sent alerts to a far broader audience that included all recyclers on ISRI’s contact list in the state where the theft occurred and to all surrounding states.
’The ISRI Theft Alert system worked well early on,’ says Chuck Carr, ISRI’s Vice President for Member Services. ’But we noticed two major drawbacks that needed to be addressed. First, using a state-wide, multi-state reporting system was not an efficient means of distributing reports; and second, the volume of reports requiring action by ISRI staff was significantly slowing down the alerts.’
ScrapTheftAlert.com is said to be faster and easier than any previous reporting system. Once a potential user completes the registration procedure, law enforcement and certain corporate security personnel will be able to post alerts immediately, without the delay caused by intervention or review by ISRI staff.
The system sends reports to all contacts located within approximately 250 miles (400 kilometres) of the theft location. It will also accept up to four photographs (limited in size to 2 MB) of the stolen material.

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