User Guidelines - Police
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Containers always remain the property of the
owning brewer or container owner, whose name is normally found
on the upper surface. Most containers also have colour coded markings
as an additional means of identification.
Containers are never sold as scrap – when unserviceable they
are destroyed by authorised destruction agents. A record
of these agents is kept by Keg Watch and the British Beer & Pub
Stolen aluminium containers are usually smelted – those made
from stainless steel are normally destroyed by crushing, shearing,
baling or fragmenting.
Some containers have a stainless steel tube down the centre which
survives the smelting process. This is known as a "spear".
When these are found on any premises it is good evidence that smelting
has been taking place.
Experienced industry security managers are available to assist
officers and provide evidence of ownership.
Vehicles stopped by officers and found to be carrying beer containers
should always have supporting paperwork.
The industry will arrange collection for all containers which find
their way into police custody for whatever reason, including those
found "at risk" or apparently abandoned.