Copper Thefts on Campus
Recent copper thefts remind us of the need to protect our schools. Consider the following precautions to help reduce the opportunity of this crime at your school:
- Repair and maintain your intrusion alarm systems. Have alarms tested regularly and instruct staff in the proper use. False alarms put a drain on law enforcement staff.
- Visit your site at night to check access and lighting.
- If a theft occurs, do not attempt to clean up the damage or move anything. Let law enforcement inspect the area for clues or fingerprints.
- If you are able to install video surveillance cameras, current digital systems are best and cameras that capture license plate numbers are ideal. Your local law enforcement may be able to suggest the best locations for the cameras.
- Meet with your campus neighbors and ask them to watch your school. If they observe anything unusual, including activity that appears to be maintenance during hours the school is closed, they should contact local law enforcement. Thieves have been known to dress in clothing and drive vans and trucks that give the appearance they are part of the maintenance and construction staff.
- Use tamper resistant hardware and steel cages on electrical boxes, air conditioning units and other apparatus containing copper components.
- Use florescent paint or engraving to brand copper materials.
- Make sure gates and enclosures are locked.
- Set sprinkler timers to run during the night. These can be a deterrent to unwanted visitors.
Post WeTip copper theft posters around campus as a reminder to staff, students and visitors to report any information. WeTip magnets and wallet cards can be given to neighbors to assist in enlisting their help. WeTip materials are free of charge to member districts and can be ordered by contacting email@example.com. More information on WeTip is available on our website at www.sia-jpa.org under the Loss Prevention tab.
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