When the economy dips, there is always one statistic which rises – crime. Though things will always even out in the end, nothing spurs on vandals and thieves like a bit of hardship.
Though things are looking up and crime rates are settling back into their norms, another threat to commercial facilities is growing. The theft of copper and other pure metals from buildings is becoming the new trend among thieves. You may think to yourself, “It can’t be that bad, right?” But consider this; the amount of stolen copper re-sold in underground markets and scrap yards reaches one-billion dollars annually. That’s right, copper theft is a billion dollar industry, and it’s got nowhere to go but up. So, what can you do to protect yourself and your buildings from this pandemic? Install security lighting outside your buildings.
The number one pilfered copper item from commercial buildings is copper pipe, which is buried around the outside a few inches or so below the surface. Other items stolen include wire, tubing, roofing components, and electrical components. Because all of these things take some time and ingenuity to nab, the thief will often aim to strike under the cover of darkness. This is why the installation of security lighting would be so beneficial. No thief wants to be illuminated while suspiciously digging around a building. This article lists external security lighting as the #1 copper theft deterrent, and for good reason. With his cover blown, a thief will likely not stick around. There’s too much risk associated with sticking around in an area where he could easily be seen by passersby or night watch guards.
There are many ways you can outfit your facility to be better protected from copper theft, and security lighting is one of the easiest and most effective. At WCI Electric, we can install professional quality security lighting around the perimeter of your building. All of the services we offer are backed with over twenty-nine years of professional experience. You can be assured we will get the job done right, and at a price you’ll love. If you would like to know more, we welcome you to visit our website. You may also contact us directly with any questions.