RC Sherriff Provides Details On Protecting Your Business From Copper Theft


The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help to prevent copper theft

As your Sheriff it is my goal to provide you with as much information I can to help make you and our communities safer. Current economic conditions make it likely that copper thefts will remain a lucrative business for criminals. I need your help in stopping this alarming crime. The US Department of Energy says that copper theft is annually a $1 billion problem that is growing larger and larger every year. You can help prevent copper theft by increasing awareness, reporting theft and reporting those that illegally trade in precise metals.

As a home/business owner you can protect your home or business from this type of theft. By providing you with these tips, I am hoping that you will not experience vandalism or theft and help deter a thief from targeting you. Please join the crime watch or start one in your area. Also, Deputies from the Community Action Team can come to your home or business FREE of charge and in 20-30 minutes tell you what you can do to prevent crime from affecting you.

•Lighting: Install floodlights lights near the air conditioning unit. The exterior of your home or business should be well lit from dusk to dawn.

•Alarm: New air conditioner unit alarms have been introduced into the market. These alarms will alert owners if a unit is being tampered with.

•Padlock & Chain: Secure air conditioning units with a padlock and chain.

•Metal Cage: Air conditioner cages can run a couple hundred dollars but compared to the cost of replacing your air conditioner this can be a worthwhile expense.

•Fence: You can install a padlocked fence around the unit. Just make sure you have allowed enough room for a service technician to get to the unit for regular maintenance or repair.

•Obstruction: You can hide the unit behind hostile shrubs or a small fence.

•Moving A/C Unit: You can have your air conditioning unit moved to a more secure place. Try to move it to a spot that is not as accessible to someone or more visible to passer bys.

•Be Safe: A very important safety measure is to just know your neighborhood. If you think someone doesn’t belong, report it to 911 immediately.

These tips are not the only solution but are a small part of the bigger picture. Please call the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team at 803-576-3191 to receive more information.

Copper theft is a growing crime but it can be combated with your help. If you have any information about copper theft, you can anonymously report it by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC or texting TIPSC plus your message to CRIMES (274637). www.sccrimestoppers.com

Citizens can access important information about crime prevention, free safety training and community resources at:
Website: www.rcsd.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RCSD
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rcsd.net

Richland County Sheriff’s Department
5623 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29223

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