Albany-- Copper thefts remain a problem in Albany and Albany Police will soon begin an educational effort to help you protect your property.
Last year, there were 468 copper thefts in the city. Thieves hit up churches, businesses and homes. So far this year, there have been nearly 100 copper thefts. It's a sign the problem may not be getting any better.
"That is an increasing problem in Albany and a burden on the individual citizen as well as the realtor, agencies and companies," said Lt. Benita Childs with Albany Police.
Copper thefts from air-conditioner units continue to be a major problem. Police urge people to use dependable, sturdy locks to protect them. Also, if you have piles of metal on your property try to mark them with with something identifiable.
Albany Police will soon begin an awareness effort by possibly sending out mailers with tips on how property owners can protect their belongings from copper thieves.