Quantcast

A/C security cage helps deter copper thieves - KOAM TV 7

A/C security cage helps deter copper thieves

Updated:

Local businesses are taking extra precaution following a string of copper thefts in the Four State area.

Three suspects were arrested Wednesday and are accused of stealing more than a dozen air conditioning units in Joplin and Carl Junction this week.

According to the Joplin Police Department there have been more than 20 copper thefts in the area in the last several months and while this crime is happening more often they say there are ways to protect your property.

A security cage was installed Friday around the air conditioning unit at DOC Lubricant in Dueneweg.  This warehouse along with a neighboring warehouse were both hit by copper thieves on Tuesday.

The security cage is an enclosed fence and is bolted down to cement.  

The manager of D.O.C. Lubricant Specialist, Greg Steele, set out to put a stop to it with the installation of a security cage.

"It's a bad deal, I think people trying to make a quick buck on somebody else's expense," says Steele.  "Hopefully by us putting the cage up, they'll have to go to an easier target."

Bolted to cement flooring and padlocked, Rouse Heating and Air installers say breaking into these cages would be very difficult.

"They're designed to keep theft and vandalism from our air conditioners," says Tim Bickett of Rouse Heating and Air.  "I would probably require 20 or 30 minutes more time to get into one.  They could be broken into but probably not very likely."

These security cages cost $500 dollars each, small change compared to replacing a $1,600 A/C/ unit over and over again.

"It's a no brainer," Steele says.

These theft deterrants have grown in popularity due to the increasing crime and while law enforcement continues to tackle the problem Steele is confident this new investment will keep burglars away.

But the security cage is just one step people can take to fight the problem.

"Mark your units in a specific way, whether it be a specific color of paint, you know, inside the unit or where your unit's are in your house or whatever," says Lt. Darren Gallup of the Joplin Police Department.  "Make it difficult (to steal) - have some outdoor lighting, some trees and shrubs around the unit so it's not easily accessible."

Joplin police also wants to remind that these A/C thefts are a very serious crime, considered a Class C Felony and is punishable up to seven years in prison plus fines.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Mercy Hospital officials release plans to develop old hospital site

    Mercy Hospital officials release plans to develop old hospital site

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:00:24 GMT
    On a man-made hill where there's already respect, there will soon be a place to reflect.More >>
    On a man-made hill where there's already respect, there will soon be a place to reflect.More >>
  • Pittsburg Groups Seek Public Input on Making City More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly

    Pittsburg Groups Seek Public Input on Making City More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:15:49 GMT
    Pittsburg residents are being asked to voice their opinions on how to improve bicycling and pedestrian walkways and trails in the city. With one trail already in the works, officials are reaching out to the public for help on the next one.More >>
    Pittsburg residents are being asked to voice their opinions on how to improve bicycling and pedestrian walkways and trails in the city. With one trail already in the works, officials are reaching out to the public for help on the next one.More >>
  • Entries sought for Paint the Town Green & Gold contest

    Entries sought for Paint the Town Green & Gold contest

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:07:40 GMT
    Joplin, MO – Registration is now open for the Paint the Town Green and Gold contest, which gives Joplin-area businesses a chance to show their Lion pride.“Seeing the support from the community every year is one of the more special things we do,” said Landon Adams, director of student activities at Missouri Southern. “Last year's entrants did such a great job of capturing the spirit of the competition by going all out that we wanted to recognize more of them.”This year, there will be awards fo...More >>
    Joplin, MO – Registration is now open for the Paint the Town Green and Gold contest, which gives Joplin-area businesses a chance to show their Lion pride.“Seeing the support from the community every year is one of the more special things we do,” said Landon Adams, director of student activities at Missouri Southern. “Last year's entrants did such a great job of capturing the spirit of the competition by going all out that we wanted to recognize more of them.”This year, there will be awards fo...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.