City asks for community's help in combatting metal theft

We're again experiencing a rash of thefts of costly backflow devices, and we want to remind commercial property owners of some measures they can take to make their backflow devices less attractive to theives, and easier for police to track.

Last October, Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci and several other local leaders discussed the growing metal theft issue that has swept California and the nation at a press conference in Roseville. Included was discussion of two recently signed metal theft bills, Senate Bill 1045 and Senate Bill 1387, that tightened existing law to help make it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen metal.

City of Roseville Water Utility Manager Ed Kriz and Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn spoke about the effects of metal theft in our community.

Additionally, Mayor Roccucci helped unveil a new water backflow theft prevention effort developed by Environmental Utilities and Roseville Police Department. The program, which will distinctively paint city owned water backflow devices is designed to make it more difficult for thieves to illegally scrap stolen water backflow devices and easier for law enforcement to track down stolen materials.

More information on the program can be found at the link below.

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