Is my neighbour tampering with my gas meter?
Can you go to jail for stealing gas?
Gas meter fraud – the facts
Can a gas leak from meter tampering affect my health?
Gas – or natural gas – is commonly used as a fuel to heat homes and other buildings, to heat water, and for cooking, amongst other things. It is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture which mainly consists of methane, as well as other gases.
Gas theft – sometimes known as gas meter fraud – is when someone steals gas by tampering with or bypassing a gas meter. It is both illegal and highly dangerous.
Gas theft unfortunately takes place throughout the UK – in cities, towns and villages – and is puts lives in danger, properties at risk, and costs us all by adding to everyone’s gas bills.
Our information gives you everything you need to know about gas theft – from what it is to why it’s extremely risky, and what you can do about it. Our information also explains how gas leaks can affect your health and how you can identify if there’s a gas leak.
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.