A new law in Michigan will crack down on scrap metal thieves.
Governor Snyder signed the bill into law, yesterday, which will make it harder for scrap metal thieves to illegally trade. The new law will put a $25 cap on cash transactions and will require scrap yards to mail payments to people who provided the metal... specifically catalytic converters, air conditioners and copper wiring... the three most commonly stolen items. The legislation also requires a picture be taken of the scrap and the person selling it, which will be added to a statewide database. Metal theft in Michigan tripled from 2011 to 2012 and ranks number ten in the nation for scrap metal insurance claims.