I live in an area where there is not much theft, but I have seen a couple of condensers that have been taken apart and coils ripped out for scrap. And they'll put the system back together. I think the reason is to give them time to get away with it. If the neighbor drives by and sees the system dismantled in the yard, they are going to know something is up. But if they put it back together, the neighbor drives by and says there's that same old box and it gives them a couple more days. I believe they put it back together, I've seen it.