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Electricity

Electricity is defined as the presence and flow of electric charge. It is a source of energy that’s used for heating, lighting and powering other appliances.

Electricity theft – sometimes known as electricity meter fraud – is when someone steals electricity by tampering with or bypassing an electricity meter. It is both illegal and highly dangerous.

Electricity theft is unfortunately taking place throughout the UK – in cities, towns and villages – and it’s putting lives in danger, properties at risk, and is costing us all by adding to household electricity bills.

Our information gives you everything you need to know about electricity theft – from why it’s dangerous, to how to identify electricity thieves, and what you can do about it.

At your electricity meter, in your home, at work or in your community – it’s not always easy to spot the signs of electricity theft. Our information reveals some of the tell-tale ways you can identify and stop electricity theft from happening.

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Report anonymously

Meter cheating means tampering with the meter so it doesn’t record how much electricity or gas is being used or trying to bypass the meter completely.

If you spot energy theft anywhere, report it anonymously now.