Law Enforcement Cracks Down On Scrap Metal Dealers


UPDATED: Friday March 22, 2013 6:00 PM

Ohio Homeland Security officials were helping law enforcement officials in counties across central Ohio to check on scrap yards.

Random undercover checks of scrap yards were implemented this year to ensure dealers were following a new law designed to deter thieves.

Senate Bill 193 created a mandatory online registry for dealers in Ohio.

Ohio's Homeland Security helped to coordinate the checks on whether scrap yards were complying with the law.

"With the passage of this law, scrap dealers are required to register with the state and they were required to be registered by January 2013.  So, if they're not registered, they're actually in violation and the penalty is a felony," said Tracy Proud who works for Ohio's Department of Homeland Security.

In January 2014, another mandatory registry database will be set up and will require dealers to provide information and photographs for all transaction.

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