Vacant Homes Targeted

Posted by Jessica Botkin on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 10:06am.    1468 Views

Thieves Targeting Pricey A/C Units

Moving out before your home is actually sold? Beware, thieves are at it again. These days, your home’s a/c unit is the target. A/c theft is on the rise across the nation and in ALL types of neighborhoods based on collective reports. Brazen enough to do the deed in broad daylight, this band of thieves waste no time un-hooking and pulling these pricey items. Many look official enough not to raise eyebrows with a work van or truck.

The part they are after is likely the coil, which is typically made of copper or aluminum and taken to a recycling facility, where $30-$60 is the pocket change gain. Unfortunately it comes at a drastically higher cost to homeowners. In most cases, a new unit will cost thousands.

Protection Is Key

There are several ways to protect your unit from theft in the event you plan to vacate the property while your home is on the market. Security screws, an a/c cage, a special a/c alarm that works in conjunction with your existing home alarm system and is triggered by a loss of pressure in the lines. Last but certainly not least is a GPS/motion detector installed on your home’s a/c unit. For pricey systems in high risk areas, this may be your best bet.

It’s also important to note that while a/c theft is on the rise, our good old friends, the copper thieves haven’t let up. Vacant homes are at high-risk for those sticky-fingered copper bandits. Be sure to safely secure your home with all doors and windows closed tightly and locked at all times. If at all possible, have someone in the area keep an eye on the home and visit often to walk through and look for any tampering with entrances and windows. Random activity within a vacant home is a huge deterrent to thieves; it becomes difficult for them to find an optimal time to enter. If you happen to be the buyer of a home that has been vacant, be sure to do a final walk-through with your Realtor within 24hrs of your closing to solidify the home is in contract condition.

Neighborhood watch programs are a fantastic way to stay on top of things and band together as neighbors and friends. Help keep your homes and neighborhoods safe, happy and exciting places to be, after all there’s no place like HOME!


Jessica Botkin

Greater Dayton Ohio Realtor or 937.469.3404

6 Responses to "Vacant Homes Targeted"

Eddie wrote: I just had to say it, they risk getting shot anymore. People are getting so tired of thieves taking what doesn't belong to them and they never care about the hurt or grief it causes others or how hard or how long a person has to work for what they have.

Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 9:19am.

Greg Hancock wrote: I also advise sellers and listing agents to place neighborhood watch signs in the yard, and even if the power isn't on a battery powered light in the house somewhere is sometimes just enough to give the impression it's not vacant.

Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 10:42am.

Steve Bayard wrote: Jessica,

Sad but true, sad state of affairs with thieves... I like Greg's idea of posting obvious neighborhood watch signs, and too, I'd have some stickers to place prominently in windows on all sides of the house. Great idea to inform neighbors to keep an eye out as well. I would think any neighbor would hate the thought of theft or vandalism in their own neighborhood. Great post!

Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 1:08pm.

Jessica Botkin wrote: Great comments guys, I agree with all of you. It's a tough world out there and you're 100% right Eddie. People are tired of being walked on these days. Signs and stickers are a great way to make potential thieves think twice about even looking at your house the wrong way!

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 11:52am.

Juanita Limes wrote: OOOOO I just detest thieves! Superman should just pick them all up and drop 'em in a volcano!

Posted on Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 9:12am.

Jessica Botkin wrote: Juanita, that is one heck of a population thinning idea girl!!!

Posted on Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 11:29am.

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