They took, what? From, where? How?

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Commercial Real Estate Agent with The Vollman Company, Inc. CABRE# 01703483

I don't know how it is in your market, but the metal thieves in my town are quick, ruthless, and many.  At a recently closed Fitness Club building, they stopped operating on a Tuesday and on Wednesday morning all the sellable metal was stripped from the rooftop A/C units.  Same scenario with a vacant church.  These people must be desperate.

Now we have evidence that they aren't satisfied just taking what they can get easily. 

LockBox users beware.  I just heard of a recent event that has us reconsidering their use at certain locations.  A flex office space was undergoing tenant improvement work for a tech company with some significant investment in tech and power infrastructure.  A lock Box was put on the suite to allow various contractors access without having a lot of keys floating around. 

Well, it's not what you might think.  No one left the door unlocked and no one failed to "spin the dials" on the lockbox.  The metal thieves destroyed the lockbox, liberated the keys, and helped themselves to all the copper and other valuables inside the suite. 

Oh, I know what you're thinking.   I understand the alarm was working just fine.  Quick in, quick out.  Perhaps these thieves would have defeated the door lock without the lockbox.  Who knows.  I just know these guys have gotten way out of control.

How is your community dealing with this sort of crime?

Comments (2)

Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

It doesn't matter what we do.  Thieves will steal and continue to be brazen. Some guys drove up and stole a brand new brass metering device from the church just across the fence.  It was brand new and weighed in at around 80lbs. And it was broad daylight.

Jun 30, 2011 04:58 PM
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

There's no deterrent for these criminals anymore. They get a slap on the hand and a small fine!

Jun 30, 2011 06:01 PM