Now that summer is almost here, the temperatures are starting to rise. That means it's time to start cranking up your air conditioning unit. The last thing you want is to have your air conditioner stolen. Unfortunately, while you're looking at your ac as a source of cool air, thieves are looking at it as a source of copper wire. Don't let your air conditioner fall prey to thieves. Use the tips provided here to prevent theft.
Safeguard the Power Box
If you look at your air conditioner, you'll notice a power box attached to it. Repair technicians use the box to turn the power off so that they can service your air conditioner safely. Would-be thieves use the box to turn the power off so they can steal your air conditioner without electrocuting themselves. To make it less desirable for thieves to take, install a locking power box on your air conditioner. Once thieves realize that they can't disconnect the power, they'll leave your unit alone.
Add Security Measures
In addition to the locking power box, it's also a good idea to add a few additional security measures. These measures will make it more difficult for thieves to take your air conditioner.
Cage it Up
When it comes to your air conditioner, thieves don't want the whole unit; they just want the copper wire. If they can't take the unit with them quickly, they'll just dismantle it in your yard. To prevent that, you should install a security cage around the unit. The locking cage will render it impossible to dismantle, or remove, your air conditioner.
Beef up the Security
The next thing you should do is beef up the security around your air conditioner. The last thing thieves want is to be seen by neighbors, or caught on camera. To protect your air conditioner, install motion-sensor lights and a security camera near the unit.
Reduce the Value
When thieves target an air conditioner, they're looking for quality copper wiring that they can get top-dollar for. You can make your air conditioner less desirable by reducing the value of the copper. Use spray paint to tag your wiring. The paint will not harm the wiring, but it will render it useless to thieves by reducing its cash value.
Don't let your air conditioner fall prey to copper thieves. Use the tips provided here to secure your unit and protect your property.
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