Business Owner Protects Air Conditioning Unit From Theft

Business Owner Protects Air Conditioning Unit From Theft

The Valvoline Express Care has an additional form of protection from copper theft, a cage covering its A/C unit.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) At the Valvoline Express Care on Gene Field Rd., you'll notice two things around the back of the building:a Kenmore grill and the air conditioning unit.

But you'll notice something odd about the A/C unit. It has a cage surrounding it, protecting it.

"It's really peace of mind.  I'm not here 24/7," said Express Care owner Mark Thygerson.

Thygerson is protecting his air conditioner from copper thieves.

"The copper must be making those thieves some money.  However, it's a lot more expensive to replace that," he said.

Those in the heating and cooling industry confirm that it's not only expensive, but it's an all-too-common occurrence.

"Usually repairing is out," explains Craig Duty from Frostbite Heating & Cooling.  "It's just replacing the units.  You can go from replacing the whole system to just replacing the components that were stolen.  You're looking from anywhere from 1,500 up to $5,000."

Duty says he services calls about copper theft at least once a week.

It's a crime that's been on the rise in recent years and causes thousands of dollars in damage.

Copper theft at the St. Joseph Rec. Center a year ago caused $25,000 in damage.

So, as a preventative measure, the cage in the back of Thygerson's lube shop, which has a lock, is protecting the air conditioner.

It's a half-inch bar cage, welded and attached to the ground, asphalt, or concrete over the air conditioner. 

"It's a sad state where we are right now," Thygerson said.  "Air conditioners and utilities are usually not in the front where everyone can see.  They're behind, in the corner, or around the bushes.  It's easy for someone to be behind there and people don't notice it really easily."

He's not taking any chances. He invested a few hundred bucks on something he thinks could save his business thousands.

Craig Duty says copper thieves do hit businesses, but have found abandoned homes to be a more popular target.
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