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Metal Scrappers and Thieves

Scavenging for Survival and Profit


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction to Scrapping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 3-14
    3. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 15-29
    4. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 31-49
    5. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 51-77
  3. Primer on Metal Theft

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 81-102
    3. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 103-120
  4. Metal Thieves in Their Own Words

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 123-144
    3. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 145-171
    4. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 173-191
    5. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 193-212
    6. Benjamin F. Stickle
      Pages 213-223
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 225-227

About this book


This book explores the little-known world of scrappers and metal thieves. Benjamin F. Stickle bases his study on field research collected while traversing communities with thieves and scrappers. Drawing on candid interviews, observations of criminals at work, and participation in the scrapping subculture, the volume describes the subculture of scrappers and identifies differences between scrappers and metal thieves. Through the offenders’ perspective, often quoting their candid responses, Stickle explores the motivations for metal theft as well as the techniques and methods for successfully committing theft. The book discusses how these methods and techniques are learned and identifies ways—often through the thieves’ own words—to prevent metal theft. Throughout the book, Stickle also challenges common assumptions about this community and identifies wider policy implications.


Metal recycling Metal theft Scrapping subculture Prevention techniques Scrapping professionals thieves Scrappers and Metal Thieves subculture Theft Partnerships Social Controls scrapper type policy implications

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Criminal Justice AdministrationMiddle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboroUSA

About the authors

Benjamin F. Stickle is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University, USA. His research interests include metal theft, property crime, and policing.

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