These are genuinely strange times from our perspective. I’m in our early fifties so maybe it’s just myself and others getting older & less comfortable with the way things seem to be heading. And it honestly doesn’t help that I have just spent the better part of a year inside the HVAC of our house due to the pandemic. Whatever the deal is, I don’t care about some of the trends that I am seeing. Even living out in a rural part is no longer the assured safe space that it once was. Not that any locale is totally safe but, I living in a small rural neighborhood always felt much more safe. Now I am waking up to details that genuinely worry me. In fact, some thieves around here are so desperate that they are targeting the HVAC equipment. And they aren’t even stealing stuff care about compressors or condensers. Those are expensive components of heating & cooling equipment. No, these crooks are simply after the copper fittings used in the HVAC equipment. Those copper fitting are housed in the HVAC cabinet that sits alongside your home. The thieves are splitting power to the HVAC cabinet to then simply ransack the thing. They toss all these extravagant pieces of HVAC device aside care about trash just to get to the copper fittings. Then they leave. It’s a total smash & grab thing. And they then get pennies on the dollar from whomever is willing to take this copper. I can’t suppose that I have had to order a protective cover for our HVAC equipment. It’s care about a cage that I lock the HVAC cabinet down. That is a troubling sign for me.