Assets under attack: metal theft, the built environment and the dark side of the global recycling market

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Bennett, L.;
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<p>This paper explores the effects of, and apparent cause of, unprecedented levels of metal theft from the built environment (both in the UK and globally) in the period 2005 to 2008. Readily accessible and unguarded metallic elements present in the built environment, su... View more
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    1 Contact; or via Sheffield Hallam University, Built Environment Division, Faculty of Development & Society, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB.

    2 Part of this paper was presented at the Environmental Crime session of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management Annual Conference 2008 (Torbay 12 June 2008).

    3 Banner headline Daily Mail (12 December 2007).

    4 'The Big Meltdown' The Guardian (25 June 2008); British Transport Police media release (8 July 2008).

    5 Online article dated 29 January 2008, quoting vice mayor of Beijing, pro-Chinese government website (accessed 11 March 2008).

    6 Non-official analysts assess the overall Olympics related real estate investment as much higher - see for example a 26 January 2006 article in US publication MoneyNews which estimated the total development investment at $160billion: (accessed 12 March 2008). According to a 16 January 2008 press report in China Daily, the 6.93 tons of copper required for the minting of the 2008 Olympic medals was sourced direct from the 'the diversified minerals and medals sponsor', mining transnational corporation BHP Bilton, which supplied the copper direct from its mines in Australia and Chile. According to, copper is a component of both the gold and bronze medals.

    7 Andy Trotter, Deputy Chief Constable of the British Transport Police The Guardian (28 May 2007).

    11 United States Geological Survey (USGS) Cr, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni and Steel Price Drivers (Open-File report 2007-1257 Reston Virginia 2007)

    12 ibid slide 49.

    13 Simon Paynton, head of the International Wrought Copper Council quoted in 'Scrap Thieves in France Ransack TGV Rail Lines for Copper' The Daily Telegraph (13 May 2006).

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