Custom Security Solution Helps Prevent Theft at Scrap Metal Yard

Posted by Sean Murphy on February 21, 2018

Metal theft is a rapidly growing crime in the United States and Canada, so much so that many states and municipalities have passed laws that will make it more difficult to sell stolen scrap metal. Thieves often target scrap yards and HVAC units for metals and copper wiring as a way to make fast money. Stealth Monitoring can design and install a custom security solution to deter criminal activity at warehouses, scrap metal yards, recycling facilities, and other types of industrial properties.

Remote Night Video Monitoring Catches Scrap Metal Thief


Around midnight, a custom security solutions operator watched as a trespasser entered a scrap metal yard in Houston, Texas. As the suspect approached a pile of scrap metal pieces, the trained operator activated an on-site speaker warning, but that did not deter him. The intruder walked to a different area of the property. The Stealth operator, still following his movements, called Houston Police.

This scrap metal facility's custom security solution includes multiple outdoor cameras, speakers, NVRs, reliable internet service, and video analytics software, along with trained industrial security operators who watch the property in real time.

A responding K-9 unit arrived at the Texas scrap metal yard, located the suspect and arrested him away from camera view. According to the crime report, he was attempting to escape through a hole in the fence.

Create a Custom Security Solution For Your Property

There is no way to completely prevent scrap metal theft, but there are things you can do to reduce the risk at your property. Installing a perimeter fence, ensuring you have plenty of lighting and even etching the name of your company into valuable metal parts can deter opportunistic thieves. A custom security solution, including live remote video surveillance, can provide better coverage with less expense and liability than a traditional security guard.

Stealth Monitoring is a leader in live video surveillance in the U.S. and Canada with over 400 employees, 11 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers.

Stealth proactive video monitoring watches over 17,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our security solutions feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. Stealth's remote monitoring service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for more information. Visit the Stealth web site to see real videos of criminals being arrested at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.

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