Don’t Be A Victim of AC Theft

With the rising cost of copper and other metals, air-conditioning theft is becoming a rising problem all around the country. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that metal theft costs businesses $1 billion per year.

In this article we will discuss five tips that will help lowering the risk of becoming a victim of air-conditioner theft.

Install an air-conditioning fence. Air-conditioning cages are anchored to the ground, preventing thieves from being able to get to the unit inside. Effective cages are welded (not bolted together) and have a non-corrosive finish. You can also box your unit with a chain link fence and secure a padlock. Just make sure to leave enough space around the unit for a service technician to access it.

Install an air-conditioning alarm. These alarms are attached to the working parts of the unit, causing a sound to go off if it is taken apart. Alarms are typically installed by professionals who can place the control box indoors.

Set you air-conditioning unit out of reach. Some AC units can be placed in a garage or enclosed room, which can be locked. If you choose to do this, make sure you have a proper vent and airflow system to allow for proper air circulation. Many businesses and homes also allow for units to be installed on the room, making them harder to access.

Secure the power disconnect box for the AC unit with a padlock. If the power cannot be turned off, thieves may be deterred from trying to steal it.

Add lighting around your AC unit. Most thefts occur after dark in residential neighborhoods. Installing motion-sensor lighting is a cost-effective way to deter thieves and alert you and your neighbors that there’s an intruder on your property.