Of all the things in a home that might be attractive to a thief, an air conditioner seems like it would be at the bottom of the list. Due to the amount of copper found inside an air conditioner, however, these appliances have been targeted by thieves. Here are two ways you can secure you're A/C unit to protect your investment.
Lock Down in a Cage
For burglars, time is of the essence. They want to get in, grab the goods, and get out before anyone catches them in the act. Therefore, anything you can do to increase the amount of time it would take for someone to steal your air conditioner can help protect it from being tampered with or stolen.
One option is to install a cage around your outdoor unit. These security cages are made of sturdy metal, completely cover the air conditioner, and are typically bolted to or cemented into concrete. Depending on the cage type, there may be a lock placed out of sight so you can open the cage whenever the unit needs to be repaired.
You can purchase these cages at most home improvement stores. You can also have one custom-made specifically for your air conditioner. The price of these cages varies depending on the quality and manufacturer, but you can find one for around $500 to $600.
Attach a Security Device
Another thing you can do is attach a security monitoring device to your air conditioner. This device functions just like a regular home security system. If anyone tries to move the unit without disabling the system, it will sound an alarm that will likely scare the intruder away. Depending on the system, you may receive an alert on your smartphone notifying you that someone is tampering with your air conditioner, in case you're not home when the incident occurs.
An alternative option if you find the cost of a security system is outside your budget is to place a location tracking device on your A/C unit. Though it won't sound an alarm if someone steals your unit, this can help you and the police locate the appliance. There are some tracking devices that will also notify you if the A/C unit is moved.
Either of these products can be purchased at specialty retailers online or local security companies.
For more information about securing your air conditioner against theft or to replace a unit that was stolen, contact a cooling and heating company.
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