Electricity Thefts Rise in Bad Economy

March 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

American Electric Power are reporting that they have had a 27% increase in electricity thefts in January and February of this year compared to last year. During hard economic times more people tend to steal electricity by hooking up to power lines illegally, sometimes through abandoned houses. In addition, theft of copper wiring inside electric meters is also on the rise because the copper can be sold as scrap for a high price.

In these hard economic times, it pays to be vigilant about your electricity. You can prevent electricity theft by periodically checking your electric meter for suspicious wires. If you do find suspicious wires, don’t try and disconnect them yourself. Call the power company or the police for assistance.

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