Copper theft continues to escalate across the country. Churches, doctor’s offices, retail businesses and government facilities are all targets. And schools are not immune. I recently read about an Oklahoma district hard hit by thieves taking or gutting air conditioners for the copper inside the units.
As the price of copper hits new highs almost daily, the Fort Worth Independent School District has fallen victim to copper thieves. The district recently had to replace damaged air conditioners on nine campuses at a cost well in excess of $100,000. The self-insured district, like nearly all others in the country, is strapped for cash.
With students returning for the fall semester and Texas temperatures still hovering in the 90s and above, there is no way the district can postpone the repairs.
Again, there are tools to help schools protect themselves from these expensive crimes. Cameras, motion detectors and photoelectric beams can all help deter copper theft. The investment can be far less than the cost of repairing or replacing multiple air conditioning units.
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