Security experts confirmed that technology now exists to embed a tracking chip into the wire which will alert authorities if the wire is cut and allow police to track its movements.
Motorists are quick to blame solo drivers, out-of-sync traffic lights and an improving economy for San Francisco Bay area traffic gridlock.
A Novato police officer was injured during a chase with two suspects.
A Newark man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of stealing a city-owned spool of copper wire from a work site in Benicia, police said.
Two men were arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of stealing copper wire from a PG&E yard in Petaluma, police said.
Two San Jose men were arrested on suspicion of stealing copper wire from a commercial building in Milpitas on Friday morning, police said.
American Canyon may have to spend as much as $7,000 to replace the roughly 1,000 ft. of copper wire snatched from Veterans Memorial Park sometime within the past week. A thief or thieves broke into a vault at the park, grabbing the pricey commodity.
The thieves have been targeting street lights, irrigation control systems and even catalytic converters from cars.
Colma police said thieves stole brass and copper flower holders from more than 500 graves at the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park earlier this month.
As cities and agencies around the Bay Area work to figure out how to pay for the recent rash of copper thefts, the Concord City Council voted Tuesday night to spend nearly half of a million dollars to replace what’s been stolen.