GPS for Air Conditioners…Buyer BewareOctober 11, 2009
I was recently handed a flyer that had posted at the top of the page “Stop A/C theft 100%“. It also read “GPS it, Don’t Cage it.” The article implied that cages for air conditioners are ugly and for the most part ineffective. It goes on to say how for $200 up front, the A/C unit would be equipped with a “State of the Art” GPS tracking system specifically designed for this. Wait, it gets better. The sellers also claim to have a 15 second response time and “if the cops don’t get there fast enough to catch the thief, we will track the GPS to where the stolen Air Conditioner is and retrieve it for you for an additional recovery fee of $100“. Lets not forget the small $40.00 a month monitoring fee. Are you Serious? Let me give some expert advice to anyone considering this route.
First, This Does not stop your air conditioner from being stolen. Despite the claim of cages being ugly and ineffective, www.propertyarmor.net has several security enclosures that often enhance the aesthetics of the air conditioner.
Second, whether a GPS sends a tampered signal to the police or not, do you honestly think they are going to put out an All Points Bulletin for your air conditioner crying for help? Give me a break.
Third, the valuable copper, which is what is ultimately stolen, will be long gone by the time the GPS and the rest of the air conditioner carcass is found.
Finally, even if the best case scenario unfolds, you pay your monthly bill, your unit is stolen and found, and the thief goes to jail, do you think the fuzzy feeling of knowing a knuckle head crook is behind bars because of you is going to install your old air conditioner? Not at all. After you pay your $100 recovery bill, you will have to call an A/C repair company to come out, repair the damage done, and re-install your condenser. By the way, how long have you been without air conditioning or heat since this happened?
In summary, Cages are the best solution for air conditioner theft. When a thief is looking to steal an air conditioner, you want to be ruled out from the beginning. Are you in it to keep your air conditioner or catch a crook? My guess is, to keep your investment. If there are three bicycles outside a department store and one has a chain, one has an alarm, and the third has nothing, which one would you guess would be first to get stolen? The one with nothing, right? Which one would be next? You guessed it, the one with the alarm or GPS. The one with the chain is not going anywhere without a lot of work and that is why you should invest in a cage from a company like Property Armor to keep your cool.This entry was posted in A/C Cage and tagged ac cage, air conditioner cage, Air Conditioner Guard, air conditioner security, air conditioning cage, condenser cage, Copper Theft, Crime, heat pump cage, stolen air conditioner, theft prevention. Bookmark the permalink. ← Why is copper theft so important? Air Conditioner Cages: A Smart Decision →