Metal theft can be highly destructive. It continues to be a significant problem in Arkansas as criminals steal metal from city and county infrastructure, foreclosed homes, utilities, and telecommunications facilities. This issue was brought before the Arkansas General Assembly in 2009 and passed Act 390. This law mandated ACIC to develop, deploy and maintain an electronic system for monitoring the sale of scrap metal in Arkansas. This system is the Metal Theft Investigative System or MTIS. This system is deployed to all companies that purchase scrap metal from the public.
In 2013, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 1354 which requires the county sheriff’s and any law enforcement officer to receive a report from the operator of the electronic database of all scrap metal recycler in the county that have access to the database. This report shows what scrap metal but have not filed a daily electronic record of scrap metal purchase.
Arkansas Annotated Code 17-44-102 defines the records required for the sale of scrap metal.
If you are a criminal justice agency and would like access to the Metal Theft Investigative System please click the link below. This is a free service provided to the Arkansas criminal justice community.
Register for an account: https://www.leadsonline.com/main/register.php
Log in to the MITS: https://www.leadsonline.com/main/leadsonline/login/login.php