A crime reduction initiative award has been won by a company based at Springfield Business Park who have developed unique ‘signatures’ as a deterrent to metal theft.
Signature Materials were joint winners of the Most Successful Crime Reduction Initiative Award at the British Transport Police’s National Metal Theft Taskforce awards in March.
With metal theft costing the UK economy an estimated £220 million every year, Signature Materials was set up by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) to combat the crime.
The permanent marks or ‘signatures’ they etch on to the surface of metals and other materials relate to information held within a national register maintained by IOM3, which can then be used by police to trace the metal back to the site of the theft in a matter of minutes.
In particular, the company was recognised for its recent work marking over 1,000 electricity substations in partnership with Electricity North West and Greater Manchester Police, with whom they shared the award.
Project manager of Signature Materials, David Arthur, said: “By working together, new ways to stop metal theft have come about and we continue to develop ideas.”