Area Police Warn Residents to be Aware of Potential Burglar Access Through Window Air Conditioners
Monday, August 13, 2012 • 5:00am
After a recent break-in at an area residence, police are warning residents to be aware of another way burglars can gain access to your home: through the window air conditioner.
Recently a residential burglary occurred during the daylight hours on the side of the house not visible from the street. The suspect gained entry by pushing a first floor air conditioning unit into the home. Authorities say this tactic is common but can be easily prevented.
Police offer the following tips for securing your window units:
1) Install an air conditioner bracket to the outside of the unit. The bracket not only supports the air conditioner, but it attaches to the bottom of the unit and the house, making it harder to move the air conditioner.
2) Add a sliding window lock to each side of the window frame. Depending on the type, the locks are bolted or screwed in. They prevent burglars from sliding the window up and down. Attach the lock into the frame just above the window. Tighten it securely.
3) Measure the length from the side of the unit to the wall. Purchase and attach a steel corner brace to each side of the air conditioner. Connect the other end to a secure section of the wall. Use screws or bolts to secure the brackets in place. This prevents thieves from pushing the air conditioner in or pulling it out.
4) Install a small window sensor alarm. Magnetic controls set above the air conditioner will go off if the unit is moved or the window is opened. The high-pitched noise will alert anyone in the home and likely scare the burglar away.
5) Consider attaching a warning sticker to the side of the unit stating there is an A/C alarm system installed, even if that is not the case.