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5 Tips To Reduce Copper Theft In Your Business

Copper theft is a common problem in many businesses. Thieves break into the businesses and steal the valuable copper to sell it as scrap metal.

If you have had problems with people stealing copper from your business, there are things that you can do to stop the theft. Here are the top tips that you can use to deter thieves from stealing your copper:

1. Paint the copper black.

An inexpensive and easy way to deter people from stealing copper is to paint all of the components that are made of copper black. This is going to make the copper look like worthless, regular tubing that isn’t worth stealing.

2. Fence in the areas containing copper.

Areas that house items containing copper are an obvious target for breaking in. Based on the item’s value, you may find that a fence is worth the investment. The amount of copper in most commercial air conditioners isn’t worth a lot, but the true cost comes from the unit’s destruction and the length of time it will take to have it replaced.

3. Install alarms.

Installing alarms is one of the best ways to deter any potential thieves — and you may just catch them in the act, too. There are many alarm systems available, and choosing the right one is going to depend on where the item containing copper is located, and exactly what it is. For cooling and heating units, you might want to choose an alarm that’s triggered when the unit quits working, for example.

By installing camera alarms, you can not only deter copper thieves, but catch them as well.

4. Install security cameras.

Along with deterring the thieves, surveillance cameras can help police to capture thieves. If you have the thieves on tape, there’s a better chance that local police will be able to identify the thieves, and possibly recover the stolen goods. The thieves might also be jailed, which will help to prevent future thefts.

5. Hire security guards.

About 90% of the copper theft happens during weekends or at night, when businesses are usually empty. Hiring security guards for monitoring the business when it’s closed can help reduce your serious loss risk.

If you are interested in learning about security measures that you can use for stopping copper thieves, contact us. We can find a solution that is right for you.

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