Sacramento Police have come up with a new way to discourage copper thieves.

All copper wire installed in town is now being stamped with the words "City of Sacramento" to make it easily identifiable. This will make it easier for police officers to track down the source of copper wire when they find people with "stamped" wire in their possession.

Officer Doug Morse said copper wire theft has cost taxpayers millions of dollars over the last three years and resulted in more than 20,000 street light repairs. These costs have prompted the formation of a Metal Task Force, which has brought about a reduction in copper-wire related cases.     

Members of the task force came up with the stamping idea.