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APD holds security seminar

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Mangled metal and vacant spaces where ac units used to sit are all too common. Pastor Yaz Johnson became a victim last month when someone stripped copper from two of his units.

"At the rate units are going, it's very expensive to pay for a new one," Johnson said.

It cost Johnson $33,000 in insurance money. That's why he's at the security seminar to get advice from Albany Police.

Police recommend people paint their coils based on what district they live in. Orange for West, white for Central and yellow for East district.

Detective Timothy Harvey also advises people to paint their address or certain shapes on their coil- anything that would make it easier to recognize.

"When we do recover items, we can identify what part of town they came from which helps us identify who had their items stolen," said Det. Harvey.

 Neighbors like Michael Botwinick have heard too many cases of ac thefts and burglaries in his neighborhood. That's why he's here to get a leg up on those thieves.

 "A lot of break-ins have been happening in my neighborhood and I wanted to see how I could protect the items I have and I found it very helpful," said Botwinick.

 Officers also advise people to either get a security system, or steel cage around their unit. ADT Security is also selling a device that can tell when a unit has been compromised by the lack of Freon. It's a $150 device that could save people like Johnson thousands down the road.

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