How to Prevent Thieves from Stealing Your Mitsubishi Air Conditioning System


You might think your Mitsubishi air conditioning system is safe from outsiders, but thieves are relentless. They steal copper piping to high-end sound equipment, and an outdoor air conditioning unit is a prime target.

Criminals don’t play fair, so your best defence against air conditioner theft is to make it as difficult as possible for them. 

Tips to Prevent Theft of Your Outside Air Conditioning Unit

It’s not the unit itself, but the scrap metal. Thieves don’t care if they destroy a unit worth hundreds of dollars—they only want the copper tubing and aluminium parts inside.

Here are some tips to deter criminals from your air conditioning unit:

Enclose the Unit

A thief might get twenty dollars for the items inside the unit. If it’s standing in the open, unprotected, it’s quick money. Installing a cage around the unit makes it less accessible.

Thieves will need tools to break open the cage, which is a more challenging proposition. There is a caveat here, though–make sure the enclosure doesn’t obstruct airflow. 

Put in Lights

Thieves like working in dimly lit areas. It reduces the chances of being caught out.

If possible, position the unit where it’s easy for your neighbours to see and light up the area. Motion-activated sensor lights do the job well and require less power to operate.

Tie the Aircon into Your Home Security System

If someone breaks off the cover, you’ll know about it immediately. The noise might be enough to warn them off but connect the alarm to your security company or police anyway.

Make Your Property Less Appealing as a Target

A determined criminal will find a way past any security measure. It’s better to adopt a multi-layered approach.

An intrepid thief might think nothing about scaling a wall, but barbed wire or spikes are trickier. Electrify the fence as another barrier and add in a guard dog. Even the most daring thief will think twice about tampering with your air conditioning unit.

Gerard Toland

Gerard has been involved in the Perth Air Conditioning for over 30 years. He is experienced in both the supply and installation of all types of air conditioning products and components for both commercial and residential buildings. He is well known for being one of the few suppliers who make their own ducting on site in his Perth warehouse. Quality ducting is paramount due to the quality insulation it provides from the harsh Perth heat. It is this dedication to quality which sets him apart from competitors.

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