Report suspicious activity
By Zac Perkins, CEO
Some people may feel that what others do is none of their business. Most of the time, this is probably true. One time this is your business is when someone is stealing electricity. Someone illegally hooks into a power supply, hooks up a line that has been disconnected, or tampers with a meter to avoid recording electricity use. Their crime, often called “invisible” because it’s hard to detect, could affect your electric service and even take a life.
It’s obvious that power theft can be deadly to the thief since their methods are usually unsafe. However, electricity thieves may also unknowingly feed energy back into the power line. This is dangerous for linemen, who may think the power line they are working on is de-energized.
When someone steals power, the power line could become overloaded with electric energy, which could harm your electronics and appliances designed to receive a certain steady amount of electricity. Electricity theft makes power service less reliable and lower quality for paying members.
Everyone can help prevent and reduce power theft. Here are some tips from SafeElectricity.org.
- Notify TCEC immediately if you know of an illegally connected consumer.
- Do not cut the seal on your meter base or tamper with your own meter.
- Apply for a legal connection if you do not have one.
- Remain aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activities to TCEC.
Most electrical theft crimes occur through meter tampering, bypassing meters, and tapping power lines. Other less frequent crimes include tapping into neighboring premises, using illegal lines after disconnection, self-reconnection without consent, and electrifying fences. Electricity theft is a crime and is punishable
Everyone is affected by power theft. Detecting and reporting illegal activity will help reduce the price we all pay. Thank you for helping us look out for you.