The recent homicides have put the spotlight on "scrapping" or metal collectors.
In the past year simple scraps metal have started to turn into "precious" metal.
At U-S Scrap And Recycling in South Bend to keep the cans coming in they advertise the opposite of most stores that "their prices are up"
“Right now prices are up from what they used to be and so old washing machines heaters anything that's metallic has a value anything metal,” owner of U.S. Scrap and Recycling Services, Mike Morris.
Aluminum cans bring in 55 cents a pound and copper, the most valuable a dollar to two dollars a pound.
Its price spiked last year because of supply and demand creating a theft problem.
“The value has been climbing the last year but its been falling the last few months its a commodity its in the metals market everyday the price changes.” Says Morris.
But Morris says most of the scrappers he sees aren't stealing just recycling by cleaning out their house, selling old materials, collecting cans, and keeping the community clean.
“If they didn't recycle it they would be dumping it out in the alleys vacate streets or abandon roads in the ditches and illegal dumping activities,” says Morris.
To cut down on metal scrap theft.a city ordinance went into effect in May that requires people to give scrap-yards an I-D and thumb print.
But scrap yard owners say if someone wants to steal and sell scrap that can simply go to a business in the county instead.