The increasing cost of precious metals has made copper a popular target for thieves, according to Nicholasville police.
As a result, the City of Nicholasville is trying to make it harder for thieves to sell any copper they have acquired through a five finger discount.
Nicholasville has had an ordinance in place since 1981 concerning the procedure that sellers and purchasers of precious metals must abide by, but recently, the city has updated its ordinance to include copper as a precious metal.
Nicholasville Police Chief Barry Waldrop said that the change is due to the recent outbreak of thefts of copper.
"Prices of precious metals have gone sky-high, and we've had thefts really picking up as a result," he said. "We've had some problems with people taking the copper wiring from air-conditioning units and pipes and other things outside businesses, because cooper is more valuable now."