The Great Drain Robbery

15 August 2008

Paul Snell By Paul Snell

The surge in metal prices has at least been good for one thing – reducing the number of cars abandoned on the streets and country lanes.

But according to the Local Government Association, the high demand for metal has created a new problem – gangs of thieves stealing thousands of drain covers.

On Tuesday night 20 covers were stolen in Northampton and in April 220 covers were stolen around Warwickshire in four nights.

This is clearly a serious procurement issue, with replacement covers, (made from ductile steel, which has no scrap value) costing around £300.

How can buyers mitigate against the theft of the items they buy?

Swindon, Wiltshire
upto £40K base (+ Paid overtime and corporate benefits)
Honda Manufacturing Ltd
Kew gardens, Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater)
£37,000 - £42,500 per annum pro rata, depending on skills and experience
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
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