One of my colleagues got a call from the neighbors of one his listings informing him that the external section of the central air-conditioning unit was missing. The worst thing is that the owners had paid over $4,000 for the new system just last spring! Now, a major component is gone!
In the past, thieves were after the copper tubing, or so we thought. Now it looks like they want entire exterior units. Perhaps to install somewhere else or to sell to a fence. Regardless of the motive, the owner is still stuck with the loss of a very expensive item.
The home I mentioned was vacant. The owners had left 2 weeks earlier. That creates a very attractive situation for people looking to steal items like this. They know that it is unlikely that they will get caught. Often the units are in the backyards of the homes or the neighbors assume that the thieves are workers making repairs. By the time that the realization hits that all is not well, the AC unit and the thieves are long gone.
The deputy who investigated the crime said that they were getting at least one call a day about this type of theft. He even said that while they were writing up one theft, they got a call concerning a similar crime just a few miles away. Amazing!
Even our office got hit a month ago. Over the weekend, some people tried to cut the electical cables to the AC unit on the roof of the building and make off with the equipment. Luckily, they were not successful as it turned out to be more problematic than they had thought. Nevertheless, they caused a lot of damage that cost "a pretty penny" to fix. Not to mention that we were without most of our power and all of our AC in the building for several days. Yuck!
So in the East Pasco area of Florida (and probably in other parts of the state and country as well) keep an eye on your exterior AC units and those of your neighbors. There is nothing like alert neighbors to discourage thieves from taking your property. This is especially true if your home is vacant. Make sure that friends and neighbors know you are gone and are watching out for your best interests.
It may also pay to check with your insurance company to make sure that you have adequate coverage when your home is vacant. Obviously, there is more risk when a home is vacant and your insurance company may want to know about it if it is. Just make sure that your claim, if you are robbed, is not declined for some overlooked reason. That would be a very expensive mistake! It never hurts to double-check.
If I can be of further assistance concerning real estate matters, please do not hesitate to call me at: JOHN ELWELL - REALTOR at CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. 813-783-4444 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
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