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Protect Your Business: Preventing Copper Theft

Posted by Sean Murphy on Jan 24, 2015

The US Department of Energy reported that copper theft in America is at an all-time high. Almost $1 billion is pilfered annually. Copper thieves often target apartment complexes, shopping centers and larger office buildings. These properties tend to have lots of material readily accessible. If you’re not taking steps to prevent copper theft, you could easily become a victim. Here are a few things you can do to deter would-be copper thieves.

Disguise Copper Components

Disguise copper components by painting them black or covering them with foam. That way, the copper components won’t look like copper from a distance, and are less likely to attract the attention of copper thieves.

Mark Copper Lines

If you are unable to disguise them, mark copper lines with an identifying mark with an engraver or paint pen. It is important to make the identifying mark is clearly visible. It would decrease that probability of thieves stealing your copper.

Hide Outdoor Equipment

Another way to avoid attracting attention is to keep outdoor equipment, such as air conditioning units, out of view.The method you use to hide equipment shouldn’t be overly obvious, as is sometimes the case when units are surrounded by a privacy fence. A better choice would be shrubbery that blends well with your existing landscape.

Limit Access

Limit access to your property, especially in areas where someone could gain access to copper. A chain link fence with manually-operated locking gates is recommended for homes, but larger commercial properties may require an iron fence with electronic gates.

Install a Monitored Security System

Install cameras around your property and air conditioning units with proactive live monitoring. Stealth Monitoring real-time surveillance monitors rooftops, alleys, perimeters, storefronts, parking lots, and other key locations. We can watch your cameras when you leave for the day or even 24/7. When we see trespassers we can activate a warning before they find your copper. Contact Stealth Monitoring to help you better keep an eye on your business and reduce the odds you’ll become a victim.