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CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Carrollton police say they’re investigating “a recent uptick” in the number of commercial HVAC copper thefts in industrial areas.

It’s a costly crime for businesses.

The Carrollton Police Department said on its Facebook page their investigators encourage business owners to check theirA/C units, especially if they haven’t run them lately.

Police also suggest a few tips  to prevent A/C copper theft:

-proper lighting
-limit access to your HVAC units, either by limiting rooftop access or with cage guards
-consider motion sensors and/or alarms with pressure sensing ability

Police said theft victims should call (972) 466-3333.

Anyone with tips regarding this investigation can send them to

Back in 2015, Garland Police arrested three people for copper theft in an industrial area.

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