Electricity Theft – Dangerous and Illegal
Stealing electricity is a serious safety concern for the public, for utility company employees and for government agencies.
It is illegal. It raises the cost of electricity for all customers. And, it can lead to serious injury or death from electrical
shock, fires and explosions.
Facts About Energy Theft
Electricity theft includes diverting electric current and tampering with electric meters, which measure a customer’s
electrical usage. Here’s what you should know:
- Anyone trying to cause a meter to stop, under-register or be bypassed is stealing electricity.
- Our meters are capable of reporting meter-tampering to the utility.
- Appalachian Power employees are trained on how to monitor and identify all signs (and types) of meter tampering.
- We receive and investigate tips we receive from the public on possible electricity theft.