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									             Soave Enterprises Fights Against Infrastructure Metal Theft

Soave Enterprises and affiliates of the Detroit-based business owned by Anthony Soave
are fighting back against a growing industry concern. Recent news coverage across the
U.S. has cited a rising problem in infrastructure metal theft from Pittsburgh to
Massachusetts to Washington. Sewer grates, manhole covers, and even steel bridge
castings from a railroad company have become the items of choice for those looking to
cash in on the high price of metal. As the domestic and international demand for
infrastructure and manufacturing metals has increased, the price for these commodities
has created an escalation of metal thefts. These types of crimes do not only create serious
safety problems, they also add a significant financial burden to the communities affected.

In response to this problem, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) warns on
their website, "Government agencies, police, and the public should be alert that the metal
theft epidemic that we have been experiencing…has now apparently spread to ferrous
materials.”

ISRI is a non-profit trade organization that represents more than 1,350 companies that
process, broker, and industrially consume scrap commodities including Soave
Enterprises. The organization works to develop tools to help law enforcement fight
material theft crimes and to educate about the need for comprehensive efforts to solving
this problem.

Metal Theft Prevention Programs Gaining Momentum

The organization has created the ISRI Theft Alert System for the use of law enforcement
agencies. The system alerts recyclers in ISRI's contact list via email when informed of a
material theft, not only in the state where the theft occurred but in surrounding states as
well. The service is available for free to law enforcement agencies.

The IRSI notes that there can be difficulty in discerning between stolen material and
legitimate materials that comes from a scrap yard. Thankfully, stolen material is said to
be a small percentage of the materials that comes into scrap yards.

The recent rise in ferrous metal theft is a serious concern due to the relative ease and
availability of iron and steel materials. In addition, thieves will often cause serious
damage to public or private infrastructure during the theft. Recovery of these materials is
very difficult and replacement costs are often expensive.

In the past couple of years especially, thieves have directed their attentions to nonferrous
materials, such as copper, bronze, stainless steel, and aluminum. ISRI's alert system
reports the theft of a diverse collection of materials. Everything from cemetery urns and
copper wiring to rural irrigation systems and bleachers from ball fields have been heisted
by metal thieves.
Prior to the rise in metal theft several years ago, the ISRI had created recommendations
for reducing the risk of accepting stolen materials. A cooperative relationship between
police and those in the scrap metal industry is said to be vital in the fight against metal
theft. The organization has also worked to train police on identifying stolen material, as
well as encouraging businesses to improve their record keeping and seller identification
requirements.

Tony Soave and Soave Enterprises Stand with Industry to Prevent Metal Theft

As one of the largest metal recycling companies in the industry, Soave Enterprises is
committed to promoting the latest programs, education, and industry partnerships to
prevent the rise of metal theft. For Anthony Soave and his employees at Soave
Enterprises, it is important to help prevent the negative impact infrastructure metal theft
has on their local community.

About Anthony Soave and Soave Enterprises

Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by
Detroit businessman Anthony Soave that provides strategic planning, financial and other
management resources to its affiliated business ventures. Anthony Soave acquired
Ferrous Processing and Trading in 1997 and through it, Soave Enterprises offers a full
range of metal recycling services. For more information on Tony Soave and Soave
Enterprises, please visit http://www.soave.com.

Soave Enterprises
3400 E Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48207
313-567-7000
http://www.soave.com

								
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