Oct 6, 2023
BC Crime Stoppers is in a partnership with BC Hydro and Fortis in an attempt to stop electricity and natural gas thefts. The cost of stealing electricity and natural gas is paid for by all customers.
Many, but not all, incidents of gas and electricity theft are related to illegal operations and are difficult to detect. What is usually reported to Crime Stoppers are probable indicators of criminal activity or drug labs.
Any tips made to Crime Stoppers regarding energy theft will be forwarded to FortisBC or BC Hydro for investigation. Any tips submitted to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. When a theft is confirmed, law enforcement becomes involved.
Energy theft generally involves finding ways to consume energy while bypassing a meter, so that it can’t be accurately measured, recorded or paid for. Energy theft can damage equipment and cause power outages and safety risks.
Suspicious signs of electricity theft:
You can help identify electricity theft by being aware of your neighbours and your neighbourhood. Notice strangers who may be hanging around and recognize suspicious activity and objects.
Signs of electricity theft are usually found on electrical wires and electricity meters:
Is the metal tag on the meter broken?
Tampering with meters or installing bypasses are major dangers to the public and employees:
Reporting electricity theft can protect you, your family, your neighbours, and your property. If you suspect electricity theft, contact your local police department or if you prefer to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers. You will not have to identify yourself and you will not have to testify in court:
Phone Crime Stoppers: 1 800 222 TIPS (1 800 222 8477) or leave a tip through our secure website link at www.crimestoppers.net