Most people take steps to secure their valuables, especially expensive energy-saving devices, like air conditioner units that are found resting in windows during the warmer spring and summer months. Although many thieves prefer to steal the entire unit, another type of crime is on the rise: copper wire theft.
According to The New York Times, this type of burglary is becoming more common because copper has increased in value from $1.25 a pound in 2009 to around $4.00 a pound today. That's why, after reading this article, I made a promise to myself that I would keep my air conditioning unit safe.
After some internet research, I came across a few tips on how to take steps that would prevent me from becoming a victim of copper or even window air conditioner theft.
If you have trees or other shrubs that block the window your air conditioning unit is in, make sure you do some landscaping. Bushes, trees and other plants that hang over or crowd the window where the unit is installed can block your view of a thief that is approaching.
Consider installing a motion detector or other form of light that will automatically turn on when a threat may be approaching your window. A bright light will draw attention to a thief and will certainly make him think twice about stealing your copper.
Think about identifying your unit using an engraver. Any kind of unique markings will probably deter a thief from stealing this expensive electronic because it will make the window air conditioning much harder to resell.
Keep in mind that although copper theft is becoming more common than ever before, you and your family can make sure that your air conditioner stays where it should during the spring and summer seasons by taking these precautions.