Did you know, dodgy energy meters and energy theft costs the public £440 million every year?
But what do we mean by a ‘dodgy meter’?
Basically, it’s when the meter has been tampered with so it doesn’t record how much electricity or gas is being used. Some people try to do this as a way of cheating the system but all it does is cost everyone money overall.
Not only does this have a financial implication, but meters which have been tampered with can cause fires and explosions, posing a serious health and safety risk too. Meddling with wiring can cause overheating, live wires and malfunctions and damaging the gas supply risks dangerous leaks. With incidents ending in fatalities in the UK, meter tampering is not the victimless crime some believe it to be.
This is why it’s more important than ever to raise awareness of the dangers and clamp down on the use of them.
In a bid to make it easier to tackle the issue, Crimestoppers has launched a campaign to work with all of the UK’s energy suppliers and distributors to set up an anonymous crime hotline and website for the public to use to report cases.
This is a crucial step forward to save money and keep people safe.
To report an incident of energy crime, call the Energy Safe reporting service on 0800 023 2777 or fill out an anonymous, non-traceable form at https://www.stayenergysafe.co.uk/