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Air Conditioner Security Cages

Protect important exterior units from damage and theft

  • Prevent destruction of HVAC unit by copper thieves
  • Lockable cages allow service & maintenance while deterring theft and damage
  • Thieves can't take cage apart - all fasteners are inside the cage structure
  • Welded steel panels prevent use of metal cutters to gain access but allow needed air flow to enclosed HVAC unit
  • Custom sizes, rooftop mounted, and closed back cages available upon request
HVAC Protective Cage

category blue arrowExpanded Steel Mesh Cages

Expanded Steel Mesh CagesExpanded steel mesh security cages for air conditioning units help provide assurance that your expensive HVAC system won't be vandalized for precious metals like copper and brass. Locking anchor mount allows maintenance and service.

category blue arrowTubular Steel Cages

Tubular Steel CagesTubular steel helps keep thieves and vandals at bay while allowing much needed air flow for HVAC units. Smaller units also have expanded steel mesh panels, while larger units are sturdy tubular steel post and rail.

Metal Theft Statistics

All across the country, metal theft has reached epidemic proportions. Thieves know no limits. They rip copper parts out of air conditioners, steal plumbing pipe from day care centers, strip wiring from lighting fixtures at Little League ball parks and blatantly hit construction sites for entire spools of copper wiring and other metals.

Air conditioning unit destroyed

Between 2002 and 2007, reports of metal thefts spiked almost 1000 percent, reaching an all time high of 3,339 per year in Dallas, TX alone. In 2008, Dallas averaged more than 300 metal thefts a month. Despite lower metal market prices, in 2010 thefts still averaged 130 reports a month - or about 4 every day.

Air conditioning unit torn apart

Even national utility companies are being hit. AT&T reports that the cost of repairing service cuts due to metal theft was $7.3 million in 2008. Cell phone towers are being stripped of wiring, bringing service down. Tornado warning sirens were hit in Jackson, Mississippi. Street light poles cut down and wiring stripped from them in Picher, Oklahoma. Our electric grid system is at risk - thieves are striking at sub-stations in order to get at copper coils in transformers.

Meter box torn open

Deter Thieves, Protect Your Infrastructure

Don't let your utility connections and cooling systems become prey to metal thieves. Make your system a hard target to hit so that thieves will move on to an easier target. Secure them with hard to cut through steel security cages made from a welded steel angle framework and paneled with 1/2" expanded steel wire mesh - too small to get wire cutters through and too tough to crush or dismantle.

Multiple AC units vandalized

Cages are anchored with special bolts that are extremely difficult to remove. The bolt head actually snaps off on installation, leaving a flat headed anchor that wrenches, screwdrivers and bits cannot hold. Additionally, all anchor points are inside the cage except for the padlock points, making this a highly deterrent security tool.

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