theft is when a person deliberately consumes electricity without lawfully
paying for it. This can range from bypassing the electricity meter, stealing
electricity directly from our network or knowingly using
electricity without being registered to an electricity supplier.
At SSEN we stick to the ethos
that “If it’s not safe, we don’t do it.” Stealing electricity is highly
dangerous and in the worst cases it can result in a fatality. It’s not just the
act of stealing electricity that is dangerous in its own right; the fallout
from this criminal activity can also impact negatively on innocent bystanders
and neighbouring buildings.
If the thought of potentially
causing serious injury to themselves, friends
and neighbours is not enough of a deterrent, for those who are caught, charged
and prosecuted for theft of electricity, there
is the prospect of receiving a fine of up to £2,000 and a five year prison
The cost of energy theft affects us all and
adds approximately £20 a year to everyone’s bills(1) and dealing with this issue has reportedly costs the
industry over £20 million a year just on electricity theft alone.(2)
We want to the change
the misconception that this is a victimless crime and remind everyone of the
deadly danger these criminal activities pose to local communities, that’s why
we believe electricity theft is #notworththerisk.
(1) Source: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/ofgem-publications/75268/20130703tackling-electricity-theft.pdf(2)
All allegations of electricity theft are dealt with by our Revenue Protection team. They’re eager and ready to tackle electricity theft head on. Our Revenue Protection team is encouraging everyone to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity on or around our equipment. If you have seen dangerous looking cables, clips or wires attached to electricity meters, overhead lines or substations then our Revenue Protection team would like to hear from you. All investigations will be completed with the upmost professionalism, while careful consideration is made when co-ordinating our highly skilled Revenue Protection Field agents. Our Revenue Protection team treat all reports with complete confidentiality and all reports can be made anonymously.
Stealing electricity is often seen as a victimless crime, but with the launch of its new safety campaign “Don’t get your fingers burnt: it’s not worth the risk”, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is hoping to change that misconception and remind everyone of the deadly danger these criminal activities pose to local communities.