Thieves Cause Shut Down of North Carolina Child Care Center
As North Carolina experiences summer heat soaring into the 100's, one Fayetsville child care center has been forced to shut down after thieves rendered the air conditioners useless by stripping them of their copper wiring.
Both Paul Davis, owner of the center, and the parents who are scrambling to make arrangements for child care, are understandably angry.
"To me, I just thought that was really sorry of somebody to do that,” said Olivia Hair, a parent.
Davis is looking at an estimated $10,000 in damages and uncertain if his insurance will cover this loss.
"It kind of makes you mad to know that somebody would come up and tear up your property like that,” he said.
"I'm very happy that I had got them installed when I did. Hopefully it will pay off,” he said.
The damage thieves like these cause goes far beyond the cost of repairs and replacement. There is lost revenue for the child care center and the additional costs, or loss of income, to parents who must either make other arrangements or forego work to care for their children.
Whether the cost of video surveillance (and/or alarm systems) is a worthwhile investment must be decided by each child care operator.