Public works crews and a police task force in Sacramento are finally beginning to beat back a crime wave that City Manager John Shirey once called "an epidemic."
Copper wire thefts of city property have been cut by 40 percent since 2011, officials told the City Council on Tuesday. At the same time, the wait period for city crews to repair damaged street lights has dwindled, from a backlog of one year in many cases to 30-day turnarounds.
It hasn't been a cheap effort. The city has spent $1.7 million in labor and materials costs since 2010.