Police hope to deter copper thieves

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    Responding to thieves who stole an estimated $9,500 worth of copper wire this summer, police are unveiling a new technology called DataDots.

    p. The technology works by putting microscopic dots on the wire and assigning a different type of dot to each owner of the copper wire. When police find the stolen wire they are able to return it to its owner.

    p. Police have made the technology public in the hope that it will deter further copper theft in the region.

    p. The Associated Press reported that copper wire was stolen from the Dillard complex on two separate occasions this summer.