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Thieves are opportunists. They want easy access, so they can get what they want quickly and escape without notice. And, of late, Air Conditioning units have become an opportune target. Why is this the case?

Air conditioners are targeted by thieves because they are:


  • Full of copper components (tubing, condenser coils, etc.) worth a few hundred dollars
  • The components are easy dismantled and can be carried away with ease.
  • Units are often located behind fences or landscaping, or on roofs, where thieves can work without being seen.
  • Units are rarely protected by standard security measures such as alarms and protective covers

The following are prevention techniques that can be taken to protect against AC unit theft:

  • Lighting – Increase lighting around HVAC units and places where thieves might hide.
  • Secure the electrical power shut-off switch. Move the switch, if it’s located near the air conditioning units.
  • Obstruction - Hide the air conditioning unit behind barriers.
  • Post “no trespassing” signs.
  • Padlock & Chain - Will slow down theft of entire unit, but will probably not prevent stripping of the unit.
  • Metal Cage - Enclose the air conditioning unit with a protective cage.
  • Fence - Fencing in the unit will delay and possibly prevent theft.
  • Move A/C Unit - Relocate to a less accessible area.
  • Remove ladders and other items offering easy access to rooftop HVAC units.
  • Alarm - Install alarms on HVAC units. A sensor can be set to trigger an alarm if the power to the AC unit is disconnected or if the AC coolant level drops.
  • Use security cameras to monitor target areas, including construction sites. Some systems feature motion activation and can contact police if activity is detected.
  • Have local police patrol your property regularly during evening and night hours.
  • Spray paint your copper piping. Many salvage yards will not accept painted copper.
  • Contact your local police or fire department to see if they’ll do a free assessment and offer tips for improving your property’s security.
  • Call your legislator and ask what measures state lawmakers are taking to prevent copper thefts in your area.
(Sources: www.acwatchdog.com, www.copperwatcher.com, www.acstolen.com/ac-cages-for-airconditioner-air-conditioning-protection-fort-myers)

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3 Comments

Nancy Weaver said...
These are excellent pieces of information! I am so glad to have read about those tips and guidelines. I agree that alarms can help with the copper theft situation. My personal opinion is that they work best with a cage though. An alarm is a re-active approach no matter how you slice it. A cage is a pro-active solution. Though, there are a lot of choices that you can choose above. Those were just my suggestions as it is what I am doing with my AC units. Thanks for sharing this post! -http://www.accageman.com/
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 04 2013 12:09 AM
Stacey R. Bryant said...
YUP! Cant say no more to it! Great points! Twofold protect your investment with an Air Conditioner alert. You may require an expert to introduce these, since they unite specifically to the Air Conditioners internals to identify if theyve been altered with.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 2013 5:21 AM
C Arm said...
I like your blog. I enjoyed reading your blog. It was amazing.Thanks a lot.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 03 2015 7:12 AM

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