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Energy theft

What is energy theft?

Energy theft is tampering with a meter or its connections. This means the meter doesn’t accurately record how much gas or electricity is being used.

Stealing energy is a crime – it’s dangerous as well as illegal. Keep yourself and others safe by reporting any concerns you have.

If you suspect energy theft, report it

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If you suspect any gas or electricity meter has been tampered with, please report it immediately.

Call: 0345 070 9034

Email: business.energytheft@sse.com.

If you’d rather stay anonymous, you can visit the Crimestoppers-supported website stayenergysafe.co.uk or call 0800 023 2777.

If you suspect a gas leak, leave the property and call 0800 111 999 immediately to alert the National Gas Emergency Service.

For more information on spotting the signs of energy theft you can visit the Stay Energy Safe website.

Energy theft can be fatal

Tampering with an electricity meter could lead to a short circuit, wiring overheating or even a fire. Wiring that seems safe can become ‘live’, so there’s a chance of a fatal electric shock.

Tampering with a gas meter could cause a gas leak. As well as headaches and possible loss of consciousness from the fumes, it only takes a spark to cause an explosion.