A charity called Crimestoppers has set up a new website for us to anonymously report people stealing energy. They want both businesses and the public to come forward and report energy theft, either through the website or on their phone service, 0800 023 2777.
Crimestoppers are working with all of the energy suppliers to start this hotline. Hoping to get everyone to provide information and help ‘pull the plug’ on energy crime – pun intended.
Tampered and bypassed meters are costing the big companies lots of money but more importantly, people have actually been harmed by the exposed electric current. It can even cause blackouts in some neighbourhoods.
A tragic incident occurred in Glasgow, that resulted in an elderly, housebound woman losing her life in a house fire caused by a tampered meter. She died of smoke inhalation, and her son, who lived with her, and was actually responsible for tampering with the meter, was sent to jail.
If caught stealing energy, people face a fine and up to five years in prison.
Click here to report anyone you suspect of stealing energy; www.stayenergysafe.co.uk