Combat AC Copper Theft with Outdoor Solution

Kevin Piel by Kevin Piel | 03.05.2012

First, use a standard hardwired contact.

It’s not a new crime, but in the current economic times it’s rising: copper theft. According to the FBI, copper thefts are occurring throughout the United States and are perpetrated by individuals and organized groups motivated by quick profits.

Over the last few years, I’ve talked with many security professionals who have expressed their concerns for combating copper theft, specifically in air conditioning condenser units. This past summer, the New York Times reported on this problem, with examples from Texas to Tennessee. In one Houston church, nine AC units were gutted, causing roughly $60,000 in damages for what amounted to about $400 in scrap metal.

What can you do to help protect your community?

Then, tie that contact to the other terminals of the 5816OD.

Here’s a quick and easy way to add security for these applications. By using a standard outdoor-rated hardwired contact and tying it directly to the terminals of our new wireless outdoor contact, you can easily add security and minimize labor. With the wiring of the contact snaked throughout the cage of the condenser unit, if anyone tries the old “cut and grab” theft, the alarm system will receive a message from the 5816OD.

Since these thieves are looking for the most copper as possible, commercial units are popular targets. Are you approaching these locations with this inexpensive solution? If so, I’d like to hear about it.