How do I prevent someone from stealing my central A/C?
July 22, 2006 12:29 AM Subscribe
How do I protect my central air conditioner unit from theft?
posted by beelerspace to home & garden (13 answers total)
Two weeks ago, someone stole my air conditioner unit
during the night. I couldn't believe someone would go to the trouble, but apparently I'm not alone
. The price of copper, a major metal in the construction of an A/C unit, has risen dramatically
over the last year. Thieves can now steal an A/C unit, take it to the scrapyard, and sell it for a decent amount of cash without even providing identification. But what gets them $50-$100 costs me $1000 in insurance deductable and a whole slew of hassle.
I need a creative way to protect this unit. The high number of stray cats in the neighborhood makes a motion activated light impractical and generally useless. And I'm more concerned about losing another $1000 than ascetics at this point. I can fix ugly later.