SMRANZ Scrap Metal Recycling Association of New Zealand, INC

''The New Zealand Police has worked with members of the Scrap Metal Recycling Association of NZ to address metal thefts and help prevent victimisation.  Reduce crimes of this type and help recover stolen items by using this reporting system'

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The Scrap Metal Recycling Association of New Zealand works actively with the New Zealand Police to fight the problem of metal theft.  In New Zealand, copper products such as spouting, hot water cylinders and cables are the most commonly reported stolen items.  However, other items like batteries (for their lead), manhole covers and decorative garden items have also been targeted.

The Association and its members remain committed to reducing the problem of stolen metals. When a scrap metal operator buys stolen metal, lots of time is taken in filling out reports for the Police and most often the metals are confiscated which adds the operator to the list of victims.

Once you complete the form below, the information will be circulated to scrap metal operators in your region.  When you report a theft to the NZ Police, they also use a report that is sent to our offices; this helps us match records and ensure consistent reporting.

Report thefts immediately to both us and the NZ Police – don’t delay. Thieves will often attempt to sell items the same day or within days.


1. Stolen Metal Details...

Upload photos of items taken here (if you have any) - photos help with identification (Max. file size 4Mb each)






2. Your Details...

Have you contacted the NZ Police?

Police Contact Details

If your materials are presented at a scrap metal operator, what would you like them to do?

Please understand that it is illegal for recyclers and scrap metal operators to knowingly purchase stolen metals. However, our members acknowledge that without doing so, it is difficult to obtain the information necessary to prosecute offenders. If you select one of the 'buy' options, you are authorising our members to do so on your behalf and will reimburse them for the purchase price.

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