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On The Lookout: Burglaries, Thefts On Rise Again

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Burglaries, vandalism and copper thefts from air conditioners are back on the rise yet again.

Investigators at the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation tells us 39 of these crimes have already happened in the first month of the year. Last month, Sgt. David Owens says thieves reportedly targeted businesses in Winter Place Park, stripping copper from inside HVAC units.

Now it appears criminals are taking even more.

"This HVAC [thefts] at businesses is what happens when those same businesses, same people that are working during the daytime go home and those businesses are vacant and it's not only [HVAC thefts], it's also like guttering, copper guttering that has some more value," said Owens.

Tips on how to protect your air conditioner:

  • Installing fencing around air conditioner.
  • Invest in alarm system to HVAC unit or motion light detectors near which can ward of potential criminals.
  • Remove ladders or access to ladder around roof.

Tips on how to protect your valuables in your home:

  • Write down serial number for electronics.
  • Engrave symbol or special numbers onto electronics.
  • Take pictures of jewelry.
  • Document appraisal value.
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