Energy theft is a serious issue that is not only against the law, it is also very dangerous. While honest customers are working hard to conserve energy and cut energy costs, energy thieves are tampering with service lines and meters and helping themselves to “free service.”
Energy theft occurs when individuals tamper with electric meters or electric power lines. This practice can create unsafe conditions that can result in electrical shock, explosions, or death. Leaving the meter in unsafe conditions can cause fires and electrical shortages.
Northcentral Electric Power Association is working hard to catch energy thieves. Northcentral EPA places special locking devices on meters and Northcentral’s personnel are trained to spot energy theft. With help from Northcentral’s field employees as well as tips from customers, thieves who were getting a free ride are getting caught.
METER TAMPERING IS AGAINST THE LAW.
It is against the law to tamper with or to reconnect electric meters that have been disconnected by Northcentral Electric Power Association; or to knowingly consume electricity which has not been correctly metered because of tampering. Anyone found guilty of using electricity illegally will face criminal charges and penalties.
Report energy theft
The community’s help is essential in catching these thieves. Citizens can help by reporting energy theft to Northcentral Electric Power Association. Anyone who is aware of or suspects someone of stealing electricity can report it by calling Northcentral Electric Power Association at 662-895-2151 or by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Names of those who report energy theft will be kept confidential.
NOT ONLY IS METER TAMPERING AGAINST THE LAW AND A VERY UNSAFE PRACTICE, BUT IT COSTS YOU MONEY.
Click here for a copy of the Meter Tampering Law (pdf)