Ohio has begun testing a scrap metal sales database for the effort to curb widespread metal thefts.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the Ohio Department of Public Safety is working with selected dealers to input sales information that could help identify and track thieves.
With Ohio topping the nation for metal theft claims in one insurance industry ranking, the state moved in 2012 to require scrap metal dealers to register, then to have the database created along with a "do not buy" list.
Authorities want to reduce the anonymity for illicit metal sales and also reduce the number of places where thieves can go to get some quick cash.
Ohio safety officials say they are on schedule to have the database operating on a wide level this summer.