Copper is such a hot commodity that thieves are going after the metal anywhere they can find, even at the risk of electrocuting themselves for the material.

CNBC News wrote an article on it titled “Copper theft ‘like an epidemic’ sweeping US” and we have a product that can help this issue.

Copper Cop™
Copper Cop™ is an efficient, dependable and reliable security protection solution designed to combat theft of commercial air conditioning (HVAC) units. Copper Cop can be installed and activated in minutes by a security professional and, unlike other HVAC alarm products, does not require an HVAC or Electrical Contractor’s License.

Thousands of commercial HVAC units are destroyed each year by thieves seeking to gain quick cash by stealing copper condenser lines and selling them at scrap yards. The cost of business disruption can be high, including replacement of the HVAC system, and inability to use the facility while the HVAC service is being restored. Additionally, repeated thefts increase a company’s insurance premiums, making copper theft one of the most vexing challenges businesses face today.

Linear, a leader in innovative and cost-effective security products and theft prevention systems, has developed Copper Cop for Security dealers and integrators whose customers want a quick, secure, and active deterrence solution.

Linear Copper Cop for Prevention of Theft

The Solution Is Here

Linear’s Copper Cop consists of a unique 30-foot cable harness with eight self-tapping screw-in clip assemblies, connected to a weatherproof alarm interconnect box. The system is ready to accept a wireless alarm transmitter or hard-wired connection to a security alarm panel. Once Copper Cop is installed on the exterior of the HVAC unit and activated, removal of the HVAC unit cover or tampering with the cable triggers an alarm.


  • Reliable, simple non-intrusive solution to guard against HVAC unit copper or metal theft
  • Does not require Electrician’s or HVAC Contractor’s license
  • Does not trigger a false alarm even if fluctuations in refrigerant pressure or electrical power outages occur (Connected alarm system must have backup battery power to operate properly during a power outage)
  • Ready to accept hard-wired alarm system connection or wireless alarm transmitter
  • Optional secondary 30-foot harness can be added to cover larger commercial HVAC units (60’ length total); Linear CC3008XT
  • Bright yellow cable harness acts as a visual deterrent to would-be thieves

To place your order for a Linear Copper Copper™ for a quote, contact your local IDN Branch.

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Kathleen Kempf is the Marketing Manager at IDN-H. Hoffman.