Backflow Valves are a critical part of any plumbing system and come in many shapes and sizes. Larger properties such as commercial buildings require the use of larger backflow valves. These valves are made of metal that can be recycled for money, which makes them an attractive target for theft.
There have been several recent incidents of backflow valve thefts occurring in the Orange County area. These thefts typically occur overnight or on the weekends when businesses are closed. Thieves can cut the valves from the system in a matter of minutes and cause expensive damage in the process. These thefts can also severely impact operations for businesses.
You can help prevent the theft of backflow valves by installing commercially available cages or locking devices to make accessing these devices more difficult for criminals. We encourage commercial property owners and tenants to discuss this topic and explore theft prevention strategies. Also, remember to immediately call OC Sheriff Dispatch to report any suspicious activity.
Please contact the RSM Police Services Crime Prevention Unit for additional information on how to better protect your business. RSMcrimeprevention@ocsheriff.gov.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Non-Emergency line - (949) 770-6011
Emergency or Crime in Progress - Dial 9-1-1
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