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Energy theft

Energy theft

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  • Advice

    Energy theft has long evolved past putting magnets on the side of meters. However, the modern-day equivalent remains much the same. Those who deliberately tamper with their meter to reduce the costs are known as "meter cheaters". This practice is not only illegal but can present real physical danger. Furthermore, if your property is damaged because of gas or wiring changes made to allow energy theft your house insurance may well be nullified. If you are moving into a new property, either as a buyer (and do not use a qualified surveyor), or tenant then it is of the utmost importance that you examine the electric and gas meters.

    You should particularly inspect: -


    Warning signs – Electrical supply

    • A damaged or scorched meter box;
    • Any connection or loose wires that would indicate a non-professional installation;
    • exposed wires and cables, which may be sticking out of the meter casing or connected to the meter by connector clips; or
    • A prepaid meter may show that credit has run out, even when electricity is still available.


    Warning signs – Gas supply

    • Dials not clearly visible (or maybe has no dials at all);
    • A gas smell in and around the meter box;
    • Lengths of rubber tubing as opposed to gas pipes; or
    • On a prepayment meter, it may show that credit has run out, even when there's gas available.

    You should notify your energy provider the moment you notice any of these signs. Your suppliers can repair any damage once they've been informed. Doing these checks demonstrates honesty and immediately removes any suspicion of foul play, we would always suggest taking a precautionary principle and if in any doubt ask your supplier to send an engineer to check them.


    How we can help

    The consequences of being charged with energy theft range from fines to a potential criminal record. Lestons provides legal support and advice in all matters relating to being accused of energy theft. To gain our assistance you need to open a case, this is done by simply clicking on the link at the top of the page, you will then need to deposit a sum equal to one hour’s usage, upon receipt of these funds you will be assigned your personal caseworker who will telephone you to discuss the matter and make suggestions on how to proceed. Please note your caseworker can only give generic advice, their role is to prepare your details for handling by our appointed legal team and to act as your point of contact, they will also issue you with your Password and PIN, these will be needed to log onto your client dashboard. From your dashboard you will be able to manage and view every aspect of your case, send us scans of documents, pictures of the meter boxes etc.

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