Fence wiring and metal-hose heads are often the first things targeted.
Thieves then sell those items to salvage companies. We're told citizen reporting is helping crack down on metal theft. One corporal says community tips go a long way at helping solve crimes.
"The citizens should be vigilant about what vehicles are going into their neighborhood or around their farms out in the county rural area. We've had good success with arrests and convictions," said Franklin County Sheriff Corporal Gordon Thomasson.
In the aftermath of the increase, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is now partnering with salvage yards to track any suspicious items.