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City Launches Program to Prevent Metal Thefts

Roseville, California, law enforcement and leaders have unveiled a program of painting water backflow devices to make them more easily detected if stolen.

Metal thieves in Roseville will have a much harder time selling stolen items, thanks to a new program launched by the City of Roseville.

Within the last several years, there has been in increase in metal thefts of utility- and private-owned water backflow devices, according to Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci, and the new water backflow painting program is designed to help deter those thefts.

With this new program, City-owned water backflow devices will be spray-painted a specific green color to make the devices more easily detected if stolen.

The average cost of replacing a water backflow device is about $1,500, according to Roccucci.

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