At at recent Macon City Council meeting about public safety, council president James Timley questioned Macon Police Chief Mike Burns on why there are so few officers working metal thefts.
Burns acknowledged metal theft is a big problem in the area, and was a major factor in the increase in thefts last year.
But he says he hopes legislation at the state capitol will help combat the problem.
According to the Associated Press, a Georgia Senate panel has approved a bill targeting scrap metal theft that places more requirements on recyclers and requires sellers of used cars 20 years or older without a title to prove ownership.
Chip Koplin, governmental and public affairs manager for Schnitzer Southeast LLC, a metal recycling business, stopped by the studio to discuss the bill with Randall Savage and Stephanie Susskind on Eyewitness News Mornin'.
He says metal recyclers support many parts of the bill, but have a few issues with others.