Law Intends to Deter Metal Theft and Increase Security
With Metal Theft on the rise, on Tuesday June 26, Ohio Govenor John Kasich signed a bill into law to deter metal theft. The law requires all scrap dealers in Ohio to photograph every person that sells scrap metal. The seller's photo is kept as part of the sales record for two months. The law is meant to make it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen items. Items typically stolen are air conditioning coils, copper plumbing, wiring and downspouts, aluminum gutters and catalytic converters.
Dial One Security has certainly seen our share of air conditioning units stolen. It only takes minutes for an air conditioning unit to be stolen, causing thousands of dollars in damage for the home or business owner. We have come up with what we think is the most practical means of protecting an air conditioning unit by using an omni-directional tilt switch and sounding device.These devices are tied into the security system to prevent any tampering with the air cinditioning unit. We are also placing warning tags on the electrical diconnect boxes to further deter the theft of the units as well as notify a repairman that the unit is protected. The tag warns the repairman to notify the central station to put the system on test prior to servicing the unit.
As well as securing your property with an alarm system, it is important to take other precautionary measures to deter metal theft. These include installing motion activated lighting around the perimeter of your home or business, keep plantings pruned to maintain visibility, lock your buildings and park your car in areas that are well traveled.