The theft of air conditioners and other sources of copper wire and copper pipe have increased in the Las Vegas area. Local residents might not be aware of the extent of the problem, but state lawmakers recently passed legislation allowing recycling yards to electronically transmit information about their copper purchases to the police.
Recycling companies are currently required by law to retain a copy of identification and fingerprint of anyone from whom they purchase scrap metal. This information must be available to give to the police if it is requested. The new law speeds up the process by allowing scrap metal yards to submit the data electronically to the police.