How To Prevent Scavenging

For safety reasons, we recommend you DO NOT confront a scavenger.  However, there are things you can do to help prevent scavenging: 

 

Be Aware:
Ask neighbors who are out late or up early to be on the lookout for scavengers.
 
Outsmart Them:
Place your recyclables out in the morning instead of the night before collection. Scavenging usually takes place at night. 

 

How Can YOU Report It?
To help stop this crime, the City encourages anyone who encounters a scavenging incident that has already taken place to report it.
  
If you observe someone scavenging, please take down the following information: 
  • Date, time and location of incident
  • Description of vehicle and license plate number
  • Description of person(s) scavenging
  • What items/materials were being scavenged
  • Your name and phone number (optional)
 
REPORT the following information to the following departments:
To report scavenging, please submit a Illegal Scavenging Report Form on www.readingpa.gov or contact the Citizen’s Service Center at 877-727-3234 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
After business hours, during weekends, or holidays please contact the Police Department 610-655-6116.
 
**With adequate information and an eyewitness who is willing to testify, the City can and will pursue prosecution.