Backflow prevention assemblies are often targets of theft. These devices are constructed of valuable metals, and can be sold for the value of their metal weight. Additionally, these stolen devices could be sold as new or refurbished devices. The fact that most backflow devices are located outside make them easy targets for thieves. Devices servicing business parks, construction sites or remote areas away from lights and traffic are especially vulnerable at night.
One way to ensure that your valuable backflow device is not stolen is to lock it up. Backflow cages and backflow valve locks are two of the most popular theft-deterrent solutions.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A BACKFLOW CAGE?
A custom designed and built backflow cage is an excellent way of securing your backflow prevention device. The cage completely surrounds the device, making it inaccessible to a thief. The design of contemporary cages provides a recessed area for placing a padlock so that prospective thieves are unable to cut your lock with bolt cutters. The fine welded metal mesh of the cage resists cutting and makes a would-be sawman very conspicuous. A backflow device protected by a backflow cage is not a good target for a thief, and thus are rarely stolen. Let ABP Backflow design and install a custom backflow cage to protect your valuable equipment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VALVE LOCKS?
There are some scenarios where a backflow cage is not enough of a deterrent to a would-be thief. For example, if your backflow prevention device is installed at a business park or a remote area where there is not much traffic during the night, a thief might not be disuaded by the amount of noise and effort it would take to destroy a cage. In that case, a different type of deterrent is needed. Valve locks can be the solution. Valve locks prevent thieves from turning off the flow of water through your device. So, if the thief tries to remove your backflow device, the pressurized water will come shooting out of the pipes once the backflow is removed! Not only does this make the removal of the device very noticeable and loud, but the thief will almost certainly end up soaked to the bone. Not to mention that the flow of water may trip alarms and summon the fire department. A thief who tries to steal a backflow device secured with valve locks is very likely to be unsuccessful, and will certainly be left soaking wet.