What is energy theft?
This involves either tampering with your electricity or gas meter or deliberately bypassing the meter altogether. Either way, the illegal abstraction of electricity/gas or the deliberate interference (or tampering) with a meter to prevent it from accurately recording consumption are criminal offenses under the Theft Act 1968 and the Gas Act 1986 respectively.
Tampering with your meter brings obvious health and safety risks to you, your household, your business and the wider neighbourhood. Electrocution, fire, explosion, and poisoning are some of the obvious risks associated with illegal activity, not to mention either the serious injury or potential fatalities which could occur should the risk materialise.
What can you do
If you suspect illegal activity, then report it immediately to us: 0161 762 7744, E-chat, or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can visit StayEnergySafe
StayEnergySafe is powered by the Crimestoppers charity, allowing you to report energy theft cases anonymously at 0800 023 2777 or online.
Keep a look out!
Tampering takes many forms and can be difficult to identify. Keep a look out for the following signs for gas and electricity
Smell gas? Call the national gas emergency helpline 0800 111 999 immediately.
Power cut? Call 105.