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Copper Wire Thefts In Anderson Happening In Homes

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There have been several copper wire thefts from homes in Anderson in the past several weeks. Police say homeowners should be vigilant.

"They're just brazen, this is a well traveled road, I live you know, down at the next red light, I pass by this property 20 times a day, they're just brazen," says homeowner, Teresa Parker.

Parker is trying to rent a home in Anderson, but this week it was hit by copper thieves. The thieves broke into her home and stole copper wiring and a coil from her air conditioner in the basement. They cause $1,000 worth of damage for only $50 worth of copper.

"They have no fear, they have no fear at all," Parker says.

Police say copper theft can happen anywhere and is a common crime because of copper's value. Thieves mainly target abandoned homes where they can take wiring from inside the walls, but there are things you can do to protect your home.

Most copper thefts are a crime of opportunity. Putting a locking fence around your AC unit can deter thieves. Also, make sure bushes near units are trimmed back so thieves don't have a place to hide. Alarm systems can also deter burglars from taking wiring inside homes.

If you notice anyone acting suspicious, you're asked to contact your local police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC

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