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  • itsnotatumah Feb 7, 2013

    Harsher crimes for thefts can prevent thefts. Honest people should not have to spend money out of their pockets to deter criminals.

  • WageSlave Feb 7, 2013

    once again People,, Follow the money,, then put laws in place to prevent it being bought by scrap yards,, crimes such as this are going to be on the increase, ,just watch,, Humans will survive, even if on the back of others... Times are hard for everyone even criminals.. Could this be the great economy this president is spekaing of,, increase in crime which makes others spend money to fix~~~~stimulus package~~ put the criminals to work~~ what a concept!!
    streetglide

    Actually inflation is driving precious metals pretty hard. Its one of the markets that reflects inflation acurately. Look at your boy Ben for the answers.

  • WageSlave Feb 7, 2013

    "Lead will prevent copper loss at my house. Barfly

    And Prison will prevent your freedom. You cannot defend property with deadly force in NC."

    Dead men tell no stories. Of course when he was caught he attacked me.
    immaannoid

    Yea I was taught the same cute phrase in my Concealed Carry class. When you kill a man over an ac unit and sleep on it let me know.
    Make sure you have a knife or something to throw on him after you shoot him....maybe a little crack too....

  • chrisnrali Feb 7, 2013

    Prevent theft? Nope, scare theif? maybe. Annoy neighbors? probably.

  • BernsteinIII Feb 7, 2013

    "Lead will prevent copper loss at my house. Barfly

    And Prison will prevent your freedom. You cannot defend property with deadly force in NC."

    Dead men tell no stories. Of course when he was caught he attacked me.

  • WageSlave Feb 7, 2013

    They need to go after who is buying this stuff. They should set up stings and arrest them and shut down their business.
    immaannoid

    They are trying, its hard to tell what is "good" copper and what is stolen. You already have to have an ID and leave a fingerprint to sell copper. They are suppose to change the standards where now you have to wait for a check in the mail instead of getting cash. Im assuming to track whomever is bringing in enormous amounts of copper.

    Most people around me have had to build steel cages around thier ac unit. I have welded up 2 or 3 in the past month for people.

  • streetglide Feb 7, 2013

    once again People,, Follow the money,, then put laws in place to prevent it being bought by scrap yards,, crimes such as this are going to be on the increase, ,just watch,, Humans will survive, even if on the back of others... Times are hard for everyone even criminals.. Could this be the great economy this president is spekaing of,, increase in crime which makes others spend money to fix~~~~stimulus package~~ put the criminals to work~~ what a concept!!

  • WageSlave Feb 7, 2013

    Lead will prevent copper loss at my house.
    Barfly

    And Prison will prevent your freedom. You cannot defend property with deadly force in NC.

  • godnessgracious2 Feb 7, 2013

    How about little 2 dollar signs that say there is an alarm?

  • WooHoo2You Feb 6, 2013

    How about undercover agents at the scrap yard. That'll put a stop to this nonsense.- Obamacare rises

    That would cause "unnecessary burden to local businesses" and cause "uncertainty to their clientele."

  • joeBob Feb 6, 2013

    I think he meant copper tubing instead of copper wires on HVAC units. Church near me was hit last year. $20K worth of repairs.

  • NewToMe Feb 6, 2013

    "Lead will prevent copper loss at my house." -- Barfly

    That's great for you. I don't have the luxury/desire to be at home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Obamacare rises Feb 6, 2013

    How about undercover agents at the scrap yard. That'll put a stop to this nonsense.

  • Barfly Feb 6, 2013

    Lead will prevent copper loss at my house.

  • itsnotmeiswear Feb 6, 2013

    "First off- there are no "plugs" on outdoor condenser units. They are hard-wired into a "disconnect" which the theif would turn-off. Second- automatically dispatching the Police when the power is disconnected could generate a lot of false calls. Power goes off to houses for various reasons unrelated to thefts on a regular basis. Put in a good camera system to identify the crooks. sidecutter"

    Thieves are typically wearing a hoodie so cameras ineefective and the false alarm issues related to unrelated power outages are easy enough to control with a relays monitoring both sides of the power supply. You can also use alarms triggered by a pressure switch on the refrigerant line, but they've learned to wait until the last minute to cut them. Once the line is cut the coil is most likely ruined.

  • spill the beans Feb 6, 2013

    you have to blame supply and demand as well, most of the materials are carted off to asia as raw materials for their economic expansion, they want, scrap yard buy it, brokers shop it and the asian markets pay top dollar, your a/c coil ends up in beijing apartment, free trade at it rawest...

  • iron fist Feb 6, 2013

    Free ad for alarm companies.

  • gonefishin0202 Feb 6, 2013

    Scrap yards are bigger thieves than the actual thief......they just have a license to do it...

  • lrfarms27572 Feb 6, 2013

    12 gauge mossbergs at close range also do an excellent job of preventing thefts if the gov't would get out of the way.....

    ....anyone who defends a theif has never been a victim of a theft

  • sidecutter Feb 6, 2013

    "Woodard recently installed an alarm on his air conditioning unit that automatically dispatches police when thieves pull the power plug."

    First off- there are no "plugs" on outdoor condenser units. They are hard-wired into a "disconnect" which the theif would turn-off. Second- automatically dispatching the Police when the power is disconnected could generate a lot of false calls. Power goes off to houses for various reasons unrelated to thefts on a regular basis. Put in a good camera system to identify the crooks.

  • sidecutter Feb 6, 2013

    "They need to go after who is buying this stuff. They should set up stings and arrest them and shut down their business."

    I agree 100%. The buyers should require more details on where the material is coming from. If some one shows up with a bunch of copper wire, they need to have a license or proff they have permission to sell the wire. The scrap yards are essentially receiving stolen goods and if they are taking the solen material knowing it may be stolen, they should be charged.

  • BernsteinIII Feb 6, 2013

    They need to go after who is buying this stuff. They should set up stings and arrest them and shut down their business.

  • dryjr Feb 6, 2013

    Why not use a wireless entry sensor for a home alarm system, They cost about 15 to add to your system.

  • cushioncritter Feb 6, 2013

    Copper coils in an AC condenser are not "copper wire".

  • WooHoo2You Feb 6, 2013

    How about severe punishment for the theives. This article makes it sound like it's our fault if we don't have an alarm. What's nest, lawn mower alarms, bicycle alarms?-kermit60

    What part made it sound like your fault?

  • kermit60 Feb 6, 2013

    How about severe punishment for the theives. This article makes it sound like it's our fault if we don't have an alarm. What's nest, lawn mower alarms, bicycle alarms?

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