The Sacramento Police Department is warning the public of an increase in thefts and burglaries involving gold and other metals.
Because of the rising price of the metals, robbers and burglars are stealing gold and copper. Homes, businesses and other entities have fallen prey to copper thieves, and individuals wearing gold jewelry have had it stolen from their person, according to a Police Department news release.
To help prevent thefts and burglaries, police recommend walking with friends and staying in well-lighted areas, and using alarm systems and surveillance cameras to protect homes.
Personal and home safety tips are available on the Police Department's website, www.sacpd.org.
People are advised to be aware of their surroundings, and to report suspicious individuals or activities to police.