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The hottest crime to hit the Midlands? AC unit thefts
Monday, June 20, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Everyone is keeping an eye on the temperatures lately. It’s no secret that it’s been hot and humid as we go into our 17th consecutive 90 degree day. Something that you may not be keeping an eye on is your AC unit. But, you should.

According to a report by Midlands Connect, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department has received more than 150 reports of stolen air conditioners and parts in the past 6 months.

The increased number of thefts, officials say, is because of the high demand for the copper inside them. Your $5,000 to $7,000 HVAC unit will earn a thief a whopping $40.

Officials suggest some steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Install cameras
  • Post “No Trespassing” signs
  • Put up fencing or caging
  • Lock buildings securely at night
  • Use florescent paint or engraving to personalize your copper
  • Consider putting your company’s logo on the copper
  • Join a Crime Watch Neighborhood Association
  • Start a Crime Watch Neighborhood Association
  • Take advantage of the free services from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team

Of course, if you see suspicious activity, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Source: http://columbia.sunne.ws/2011/06/14/the-hottest-crime-to-hit-the-midlands-ac-unit-thefts/

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