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Rep. Hammer launches website to help target scrap metal theft

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SALINE COUNTY (KATV)--Targeting scrap metal theft by launching a new website.

Representative Kim Hammer made the announcement earlier this week, he said the purpose is to have one central database, where they can collect information and better attack the current rise in metal thefts.

Hammer said, that eventually through the data compiled, he can support future legislation should the rates of metal thefts continue before the regular session 2015.

It's a shiny commodity that's easily found in the hands of scrap metal thieves. At the end of Friday's business day, copper sat at $3.27 per pound.

"They're able to sell it easily and I think that's substantiated by the fact that it's still on the increase and it's not a resolved problem, said Hammer.

Hammer adds, this website was a necessity for reporting purposes.

"One thing we found when we were researching doing laws over the last few general sessions was that there was not a consistent source of being able to get the information," said Hammer.

"Part of it is because when the crime is reported, it may be covered under destruction of property because it may carry a higher sentence," he adds.

Often times, these crimes can also go under-reported.

"By consumers coming to this website, and being able to report it, we can develop some patterns share some information with the police, because sometimes the thefts aren't even reported if it's a small amount, people may not feel it's worth it," said Hammer.        

Another piece of the puzzle to help lawmakers move forward and help craft legislation is what Hammer calls this website.