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Police See Increase In HVAC & Metal Thefts In Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury Police Department says they are investigating numerous reports of HVAC and metal thefts.  

According to reports, copper theft from HVAC units has become a serious problem in the United States that occurs on a daily basis. HVAC systems in businesses and homes are reportedly being targeted by thieves, and the market value of copper has increased which makes the metal an especially popular choice among thieves looking to make easy money.

Police recommend that home and business owners take proactive steps to ensure that their HVAC units are adequately safeguarded.

Police give the following tips on what thieves look for:

  • Copper Coils in HVAC systems and refrigerators
  • Copper flashing, gutters and other metal components whether installed or not
  • Piping in heating and electrical systems both  indoors and out
  • Wiring of all types whether in occupied, vacant or buildings under construction

Police recommend the following for home and business owners:

  • Improve lighting to increase visibility around HVAC units
  • Install security cages  over all HVAC units that are resistant to cutting by bolt cutters and other power saw tools 
  • Integrate your HVAC unit with your alarm system
  • Install video surveillance cameras connected to a digital recording device
  • Secure the property with fencing and signs warning that the area is video monitored
  • Record the make, model, and serial number of all HVAC units

Police also recommend if you see anyone acting suspiciously to: 

  • Be a good witness.
  • Call the police immediately to report suspicious activity or persons.
  • Obtain a description of the person to include the type of clothing they are wearing (hats, tattoos, scars, oddities).  Description of the vehicle they are driving to include model, damage, type of rims, stickers, etc. pertaining to vehicles.  Provide direction of travel.

Anyone with information about any HVAC and metal thefts are asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at 410-548-3165 or Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776. Crime Solvers will pay up to $1,000 for tips that lead to arrest.

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