Protecting our investments is not an easy task. We have the oil changed on our cars every three thousand miles. We insure our homes and take care of repairs that need to be performed. But, there is one investment that is very difficult to protect and thieves take advantage of this fact every chance they get. The investment that we are referring to is your air conditioner, and every year thousands of home and business owners wake to find this system gutted for its valuable copper innards. The condenser sits on the outside of your home vulnerable to burglary, and unless you are aware of this fact, there is little hope of protecting this valuable piece of equipment.
Valued for More Than Cooling
The coils and other copper lines used in the air conditioning system are an easy target for those looking to make a quick buck. The value of copper has been on the rise in recent years, and all a thief needs is a pair of metal cutters and suddenly your air conditioner is useless. Some thieves will gut the unit where it stands leaving you with a pile of scraps, and others will disconnect and take the unit with them. Either way you are now left with the daunting cost of replacing the air conditioner. Odds are with the way things are in this economy, you cannot afford to spend your money on that large of an investment. So, now is the time to act and protect your air conditioner any way you can.
Relocation is one option. If your air conditioner is easily visible from the street, it is a good target for thieves that scope out the area. Moving the air conditioner to a roof or to the back of the home hidden from view would be one way to better protect your investment. Another option would be to purchase a cage for the system. If the condenser is locked up, it will deter thieves from wasting their time with your unit. Finally, if either of these options don’t seem feasible to you, the least you can do is keep an eye on your unit and the other systems in your neighborhood. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the authorities and with any luck we will all have a safe and theft free summer this year.