Energy company E.ON has joined forces once again with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to raise awareness of energy-related offences.
Incidents involving energy include energy theft, where gas or electricity is redirected to an illegitimate location, and meter tampering, which can have extremely dangerous consequences if the meter were to malfunction and cause a fire or explosion.
This year will be the fifth year in a row that E.ON and Crimestoppers have worked together on the awareness campaign. After each of the organisations received a wave of information regarding reports of energy-related offences, they decided to join together to educate members of the public on how to recognise and protect themselves from the dangers. If you feel that you have been wrongly accused of this crime, you can contant Brown, Bradshaw and Moffat.
So far in 2014, 109 pieces of information on average have been handed to Crimestoppers every month in response to the campaign. Reports and suspicions of meter tampering continue to flood in as Crimestoppers and E.ON have reaffirmed their commitment to bringing energy criminals to justice.
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The campaign has produced a ‘Spot The Signs’ leaflet, which clearly outlines the probable signs that somebody has been illegally tampering with a gas or electricity meter. For gas meters, these include a damaged or reversed meter; pipes replaced with rubber tubes; missing meters, tubes or pipes, or a meter that appears to be in debt while the gas supply is still available. For electricity meters, the signs include missing meters, cables, fusebox or meter cover; additional wires or crocodile clips attached to the meter; a melting meter or any soot or burn marks on the meter.
By being aware of the signs of equipment damage, members of the public can learn to quickly spot discontinuities and ensure they are receiving their energy safely without risk.
Rodger Holden. Director of Development for Crimestoppers, said:
“The [continuation of this] partnership highlights the trust large-scale companies have in Crimestoppers. Our anonymous system for reporting crime is unique, and businesses affected by crime realise that working with us can achieve the right results.”
Holden also added that the campaign is “paramount” to raising awareness of energy-related crime within the public, and catching those responsible.
Equipment theft and vandalism is just one of the many issues that energy companies face today. Just last month, Scottish Power lost several miles of copper from its electricity substations in Galashiels, England due to theft, and is now offering a £5000 reward for information to help catch the criminals.
Meanwhile, E.ON’S UK Acting Director of Safety, Health and Environment said that the company hopes to highlight the dangers and risks of energy-related offences, and report incidents by either contacting E.ON directly or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously.