Pike County officials hope a new ordinance will stop metal thefts in the county.
It requires all junkyard and scrap metal dealers to apply and receive a license to do business in the county.
Police and sheriff's deputies say this new ordinance makes it easier to track scrap metal and believe it will cut down on the high number of thefts in the county.
All companies or people owning and operating a junkyard in Pike County are now required to have a license to operate there.
Workers also must get copies of picture ID's and driver's license information from everyone who sells them metal, and then police can access that information at all times.
"By requiring them to be licensed, then we would be aware of those people that's in the business, so I think it will be a great help to us, slowing down the theft of metal and copper and things of that nature," Sheriff Charles "Fuzzy" Keesee said.
The sheriff says another goal is to stop the dealers who are buying stolen property.
While this is designed to stop crime, the sheriff says this new ordinance will not affect junkyard dealers who are honest and law-abiding.