If you are ever unlucky enough to get hit by burglars, you can probably guess what they’d take: jewelry, computers, electronics – the high-dollar stuff, right? But there’s a new target thieves are going after in homes that can cost a fortune to repair and replace
Criminals are crazy for copper. It's easy to see why: Prices jumped from about 80 cents 10 years ago to a whopping $3 per pound. Though you may not realize it, your home is loaded with copper wiring and plumbing.
Criminals are so head-over-heels for copper that the companies they're stealing from are actually worried about the crooks' safety.
No, really. Delmarva Power, a Baltimore power provider, released this statement after having hundreds of feet of power wires stolen:
Regardless of the knowledge people think they have with regard to electricity, we advise everyone, not just those looking to defraud or steal from the company, to stay away from power lines.
The company isn't worried as much about the lost product. It's worried about crooks electrocuting themselves mid-heist.
And considering all the copper in your home, the same thing could happen there.
Here's a quick list of everything in your home that criminals could sell for $3 per pound.
- Heat pumps
- Catalytic converters
- Air conditioning units
While plumbing and heat pumps generally mean that crooks have to break down walls to get at your copper, your outside air conditioning units are a much easier target. All they have to do to steal an entire air conditioning unit without raising much suspicion is to put on a pair of overalls and not look crazy for just long enough to haul the unit away.
And believe me, stealing your air conditioner really is as easy as it sounds.